The complete title is as follows: TRIAL OF C. B. REYNOLDS FOR BLASPHEMY, AT MORRISTOWN, N. J ., MAY 19th and 20th, 1887. DEFENCE BY ROBERT G. INGERSOLL.
Quoted from the "Publisher's Preface."
"Mr. R. C. B. REYNOLDS, the accused, is an accredited missionary of freethought and speech who, under the guarantees of the Constitution, went from town to town in New Jersey, lecturing and preaching to those who had invited him and to all who chose to come. His methods of invitation were the ordinary ones of circulars, newspaper notices, bill posters, and personal address. His meetings were attended by the best people of the place, and were orderly and quiet except as disturbed by Christian mobs, unrestrained by local officials.
At one of these meetings, in Boonton, he was attacked with missiles of every kind, while speaking --- his tent destroyed, and he compelled to seek safety in flight. An action for damages against the town resulted in a counter action for disturbing the peace. Through the
cowardice and inaction of the authorities the issue was never joined.
Not daunted by persecution he continued his labors, making Morristown his next field of operations. Here he circulated a pamphlet giving his views of theology, and appended a satirical cartoon of his Boonton experience. This cartoon was the gravamen of his offence.
For this he was indicted on a charge of "Blasphemy," and brought before a Morristown jury. The religious farce ended in a fine of $25.00."