Jackson & Gould

1845                122 Broadway, New York, New York.

Jackson & Gould (probably H. P. Jackson) were recorded on July 26, 1845 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Court Intelligence.  Marine Court, July 25.—Before Judge Waterbury.—Libel.—Jackson and Gould vs. H. C. [sic.] Insley.—This was an action of libel.  It appeared that the plaintiffs commenced the business of taking Daguerreotype likenesses on 30th June last, and took a room in 122 Broadway.  Defendant, who had been in the business some five or six months, occupied rooms Nos. 10 and 11 on an upper floor of the same building.  Plaintiffs posted up bills on the rise of each step, referring to the old “established Daguerreotype room No. 9,” and also posted on the door the following notice:  “Old established Daguerreotype; no connection with the younger beginners in 4th story.”  It was also shown, that plaintiffs were in the habit of intercepting persons said to be on their way to defendant’s rooms, and induced them to employ themselves.  In answer to these notices, defendant posted the following:  “The so-called ‘old establishment,’ room No. 9, at the head of the stairs, was opened June 30th, 1845, for the base and dishonorable purpose of intercepting persons while on their way to my gallery, Nos. 10 and 11.”  Also the following:  “Caution—As a couple of young beginners have opened at the head of second stairs, for the purpose of intercepting persons on their way to my gallery, this notice is deemed necessary.”  Plaintiffs now seek to recover damages for the posting of the latter notices, alleging them to be libelous.  Defendant justifies, on the ground that plaintiffs had attempted to intercept his customers, by their having posted up the original notices, which rendered it necessary on his part to disabuse the minds of the public, by posting up the notices referred to.  The jury rendered a verdict for plaintiff, 6 cents damages and 6 cents cost, which throws their own cost upon plaintiffs.

Jackson & Gould are not listed in other photographic directories.  This is probably H. P. Jackson who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York in 1846 at 122 Broadway.

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