Edward Livingston Autograph Letter Signed. Five pages, 8" x 9.5", New Orleans, February 4, 1823, to Henry Dearborn about his proposals to prepare a criminal code in Europe with references to his political struggles twenty years earlier. The letter reads in part: "Dear Sir, observing that the assertion of the Portuguese Government is directed towards a reform in their Civil Code, I have entertained some thoughts of becoming a competition for the honor of giving them a system of Jurisprudence. . . . The Civil being the common law of the Country, under which I have practiced for Twenty Years, and many of the laws of Spain, which are in force here, having been as I suppose introduced into Portugal, during the period of near a Country, that those countries were united. . . . He [Mr. Dearborn] will recollect the perilous political struggles we made in the same cause, and will learn perhaps with some surprise - that I am entering again on the same career, in the same station after an interval of more than Twenty Years."

    Livingston was the brother of Robert Livingston, who successfully negotiated for the Louisiana purchase in 1803. A member of Congress (1823-1829) and senator (1829-1831) from Louisiana, he was an important legal mind of his time. As secretary of state under Jackson (1831-1833), he drafted the proclamation against nullification. A small portion of the original string tying the pages together is still present, though the pages aren't fully bound. Toned with some minor stains; fine.

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