Verbatim report of the libel action Foster v. Beauchamp in the High Court of Justice, King's Bench Division, Royal Courts of Justice, before Mr Justice Darling and a special jury.

[SUFFOLK LIBEL ACTION] North Suffolk Election, December, 1910.
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19 and 20 July 1911. 'Published by Arthur E. Hebbes, Election Agent, and Chief Conservative and Unionist Agent for the Northern or Lowestoft Division of the County of Suffolk, 88, London Road, Lowestoft.
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8vo. 94 pages. 2 pages facsimile of an electoral handbill. One fold-out plate. In poor condition. Damp stained, and in remains of repaired grey printed wraps. Paper browning. 'Printed by J. Rochford O'Driscoll, Printer, Dagmar House, Lowestoft.' The case for the plaintiff, Harry Seymour Foster, was led by the celebrated F. E. Smith (Later Earl of Birkenhead). The defendant was Edward (later Sir Edward) Beauchamp. The main cause of what the judge in summing-up described as 'a political action' was a letter by 'FISHERMAN' (i.e. Beauchamp) published during the election campaign, in an article in 'The People's Voice' entitled 'Colossal Swank'. The letter impugned Foster's record, during his time as M.P. for Lowestoft, on the question of the local fishing industry. It was the prosecution's claim that the letter contained lies and had assisted Beauchamp's victory in the election. The jury found for the plaintiff, awarding him a thousand pounds. There is no copy of this item in the British Library.