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    [John Marshall]. Opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States, at January Term, 1832, Delivered by Mr. Chief Justice Marshall, Together With the Opinion of Mr. Justice McLean, in the Case of Samuel A. Worcester, Plaintiff in Error, Versus the State of Georgia. Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1832.

    First separate edition. Octavo. 39 pages.

    Bound in red buckram. A solid copy with the usual light toning to the pages. Fine.

    Worcester and ten other missionaries were convicted by a Georgia court of violating a state law prohibiting white men from residing in Cherokee territory without first taking an oath of allegiance to the state and securing a permit. Chief Justice Marshall, speaking for the court, held that the Cherokees were a nation under the protection of the United States and that Georgia had no jurisdiction to try the defendants. The defendants were ordered released, but Georgia authorities ignored the decision and President Jackson refused to enforce the court's order. It was this case that Jackson allegedly declared, "Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it."


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