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Collection Reference Number GLC06313.04.132
From Archive Folder Aaron Hobart Collection 
Title Abraham Holmes to Aaron Hobart discussing the bankruptcy law, upcoming capital trials and the resignation of the municipal court judge
Date 8 January 1822
Author Holmes, Abraham R. (1754-1839)  
Recipient Hobart, Aaron  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses the bankruptcy law being considered by Congress. States that his opinion is at odds with Hobart's. Holmes contends that it was a "universal understanding of the people at the time of the ratifying of the Constitution" that a clause authorized the passage of a debtors relief law, but that such a law might "destroy every principle of Justice and equity," it would "destroy every idea that we have of Natural, Civil or political Justice." Comments on problems with the petition for a "new post road." Discusses three capital trials (one for a prison murder and two for highway robbery) in Boston. Discusses the resignation of municipal court Judge Dawn and possible successors vying for the appointment.
Subjects American Statesmen  Politics  Government and Civics  Congress  Crime  Prisoner  Death  Judiciary  Office Seeker  US Constitution  Finance  Debt  Law  Petition  Post Office  Law  Death Penalty  
People Holmes, Abraham R. (1754-1839)  Hobart, Aaron (1787-1858)  Dawn, Judge (fl. 1822)  Quincy, Josiah (1772-1864)  Whitman, Benjamin  Thatcher, Peter O. (fl. 1822)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859