DescriptionJohn Rutledge Manuscript Court Summons Signed Twice as attorney for the petitioner. Single sheet docketed on verso, 13" x 8.5", Charlestown, August 11, 1761. Document summons William Brown "to answer to Henry Livingston of a plea of trespass on the case & so forth for several promises of assumptions made by the said William to the said Henry..." Fragile paper, with complete separations at folds and paper loss at corners affecting a few words. Signed "Rutledge atty for Pettr." at bottom, with a second signature on the verso.
After completing his law studies in London, Rutledge returned to Charlestown to launch a successful legal career. This document is an early exemplar executed in the first years of his practice. Rutledge, a signer of the Constitution, represented S.C. in the Continental Congress from 1774-1775 and 1782-1783. After the Revolution, he was appointed an Associate Justice of the first Supreme Court (1789-1791). He was later nominated in 1795 to be Chief Justice and presided at the August term, but the Senate, on December 15, 1795, did not confirm him, primarily due to his outspoken opposition to Jay's Treaty of 1794.
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