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    Washington, Bushrod: REPORTS OF CASES ARGUED AND DETERMINED IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF VIRGINIA. Richmond: Thomas Nicolson, 1798-1799. Two volumes. Contemporary calf [some joint wear, light rubbing], original morocco spine labels, scattered light fox and tan. Bindings of slightly different heights, Very Good. Each volume with a gift inscription to John C. Smith by Nicholas Evertson, Esq., dated 1800. VOL. I: [8], [2 errata], 392, [30] pp; VOL. II: vii, [1 blank], 302, [2 blanks], 19 pp.


    Evans and Shipton record separate entries for each of these distinct imprints. Each volume has errata, table of cases, and contents organized by subject. A "profound lawyer" [I Warren, Supreme Court in United States History 154] as well as George Washington's nephew, Bushrod Washington was appointed by President Adams in 1798 to the U.S. Supreme Court. He served 31 years. The cases begin with the Fall Term of 1790, and concern the broad spectrum of legal issues.

    John C[otton] Smith [1765-1845] was born in Sharon, Connecticut, and was a 1783 Yale College graduate. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1787, served for several years as a State Representative and Congressman, and became the twenty-third Governor of Connecticut. He married Margaret Evertson [1764-1837] of Amenia, New York, sister of Nicholas Evertson.

    Nicholas Evertson, Esq. [1766-1807] was born in Amenia, New York, to Hon. Jacob Roeters Evertson, a Deputy from Dutchess County to the Second Provincial Congress of New York, 1775-76. Nicholas was a 1787 Yale College graduate, practiced law in New York City, and was elected trustee of Columbia College in 1807, the same year as his death. He acquired considerable land holdings over the years, including 3,000 acres that was part of the Phelps and Gorham purchase in Canandaigua, some of which he sold to Joseph Smith, Sr., father of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism. [Litchfield Historical Society web site; National Governors' Association web site; Dexter: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETC


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