1832. J.W. Johnson Solicits an Endorsement [Legal Publishing]. T. & J.W. Johnson. T. & J.W. Johnson, No 197 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Invite the Attention of the Profession and the Trade throughout the United States, to Their Very Complete Assortment of LAW BOOKS. [Running Title]. [Philadelphia, 1852]. Single sheet folded once to form two 9-1/2" x 7-1/2" leaves. Text on three pages, fourth page has autograph note from J.W. Johnson to Reuben H. Walworth dated October 4, 1832. It is franked, presumably by Walworth or one of his clerks. Light edgewear, some fading along edges, horizontal and vertical fold lines, some with minor tears. $450. * This circular was mailed to Walworth with a copy of the second edition of The Doctrine of Equity by John Adams [c.1813-1848], a work recently published. Noting the "distinguished position occupied by you in the administration of equity," Johnson asks him to read the treatise and for permission "to place [his] opinion" of the book "before the professsion." This letter indicates how publishers sought endorsements for their books. Walworth, an authority on equity law, was Chancellor of New York, in office from 1828 to 1847. He was the last man to hold that office, which was abolished by the state constitution of 1846. (Inventory #: 64127)
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