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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Aaron Hobart Collection
|Abraham Holmes to Aaron Hobart discussing the bankruptcy law, upcoming capital trials and the resignation of the municipal court judge
|8 January 1822
|Holmes, Abraham R. (1754-1839)
|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.
|American Statesmen Politics Government and Civics Congress Crime Prisoner Death Judiciary Office Seeker US Constitution Finance Debt Law Petition Post Office Law Death Penalty
|Holmes, Abraham R. (1754-1839) Hobart, Aaron (1787-1858) Dawn, Judge (fl. 1822) Quincy, Josiah (1772-1864) Whitman, Benjamin Thatcher, Peter O. (fl. 1822)
|Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859