6 leaves cream wove paper, 24 x 20 cm with manuscript text on both sides of each leaf - approximately 20 lines each side. Each leaf hinged to white card stock and case-bound in dark blue morocco, 22 x 27 cm, gilt stamped title on front board, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Fine. Item #21611
Lewis was a Captain of a regiment of the New York militia during the American Revolution, after which he returned to the study of law. A Republican, he served a single term as governor of New York from1804-1807. This speech was given before the New York State Legislature and Assembly at Albany on Jan. 27, 1807. In it he both reflects on the accomplishments of his term as governor as well as promotes an agenda for further refinements in the law and civil society. Approximately two pages address problems in the criminal code and he urges judicial reform, with several examples of inequities and abuse in sentencing. Another two or three pages are devoted to issues of military training and equipage, again with examples of deficiencies in the current state of things. The text of this speech has been published in full in Messages from the Governors: Comprising Executive Communications to the Legislature and Other Papers Relating to Legislation from Organization of the First Colonial Assembly in 1683 to and Including the Year 1906, with Notes, Volume 2. pp. 595-602. J. B. Lyon Company, State printers, 1909.