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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to James Bridge

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.09 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 September 1793 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Corrects errors made in a previous letter (GLC00958.08) regarding comments made on the case of Clark v. Newland, for which Adams requested Bridge serve as the defendant's attorney. The plaintiffs name was actually Ebenezer Clark, not Samuel Clark. Also the justice hearing the case was in New Castle, not Woolwich. Tells Bridge that the defendant, Tephamiah Newland, died on September 12, 1793, and asks what amount Bridge was owed in legal fees. Comments on the "pestilential fever" raging in Philadelphia. Mentions that Bridges father owes Adams money from the Jones v. Hall case, and adds a post script saying that since he composed the letter, the matter with Bridge's father had been settled.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.
Clark, Ebenezer, fl. 1806.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Law, Judiciary, Finance, Death, Disease, Health and Medical, Yellow Fever

Sub Era: The Early Republic