Aideby, R.J. (fl. 1784) [Legal document concerning the confiscation of James Wright’s property with an opinion]
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08734.02
Author/Creator: Aideby, R.J. (fl. 1784)
Place Written: England
Type: Manuscript document signed
Date: 12 December 1784
Pagination: 8 p. : address ; 32 x 20 cm.
Summary of Content: Provides a detailed chronology of the confiscation case of James Wright, the loyalist governor of Georgia, whose estate was seized during the American Revolution. Spans from June 1774-June 1782 and includes a discussion of the confiscation of many of Wright’s slaves in 1778 who escaped from their new owners and returned to Wright after the British recaptured Georgia in 1779. Contains a very detailed description of the laws that facilitated the confiscation. Requests advice on how to obtain relief from and the protection of England ”against so unjust an action.” Followed by an autograph signed note by ”R.J. Aideby” (spelling possibly incorrect because illegibility) who concedes that ”Wrights case is one of the hardest that can be conceived” but contends that ”it is of such a nature that no Court of Law or Equity can give him relief.” Aideby subsequently explains why this is so, concentrating on how debts relate to international relations with America. Creator of the document’s main body unknown.
Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815
Sub Era: Creating a New GovernmentOrder Image