by Hopkinson, Joseph
1809. Philadelphia: William P. Farrand and Co., 1809. Philadelphia: William P. Farrand and Co., 1809. "The Clamour Raised Against the Common Law" Hopkinson, Joseph [1770-1842]. Considerations on the Abolition of the Common Law in the United States. Philadelphia: Published by William P. Farrand and Co., 1809. v, -71 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title and fillets to spine. Some wear to spine ends and corners, upper joint with two inch split at top, rear hinge cracked. Moderate toning to text, light foxing, crinkling and minor tears to a few leaves. $1,250. * Only edition. This pamphlet defends the common law system used in the United States. Hopkinson, the son of Francis Hopkinson [1737-1791], was admitted to the bar in 1791 and quickly developed a notable reputation as a trial lawyer. He served as counsel for Justice Samuel Chase in defense of an impeachment charge. Elected to Congress in 1814, he was appointed by President John Quincy Adams as judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1828. He composed Hail Columbia, the first American national anthem. OCLC locates 4 copies, 1 in a law library (University of Pennsylvania). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 7821.
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