Johnson, Reverdy

1857 ALS from Annapolis while practicing law between his Senate terms

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(1796-1876) Maryland law colleague of Luther Martin, William Pinkney & Roger B. Taney. Whig US Senator 1845-49 & 1863-68, Attorney General (Taylor) March 8, 1849ĖJuly 21, 1850. Represented slave-owning defendant Sandford in the 1857 Dred Scott case, although personally opposed to slavery. A key figure in keeping Maryland from seceding, delegate to the 1861 Peace Convention, mbr of Maryland House of Delegates 1861-62. Represented Major General Fitz John Porter at his court-martial for cowardice and disobedience. After the capture of New Orleans, he was asked by President Lincoln to revise General B. F. Butlerís decisions in regard to foreign governments, and reversed all of them to the Administrationís satisfaction. In 1865, he defended Mary Surratt for plotting and aiding Lincoln's assassination. As Minister to the United Kingdom 1868, negotiated Johnson-Clarendon Treaty for settling disputes arising out of the Civil War, which the Senate refused to ratify. Resuming law practice, he was engaged by the US government to prosecute cases against the Ku Klux Klan. 9 3/4 x 8 ALS "RJohnson" while practicing law between his Senate terms, Annapolis, February 13 1857, to Jonathan Meredith Esq., Washington, on folded sheet with franked address leaf in his hand. While his handwriting is a challenge to decipher, it is clear that Johnson has received Meredith's letter and it will not be possible to see him in Annapolis in the morning but will see him the next day. Should a case (obviously one they are jointly handling) be reached before Johnson gets to Washington, he hopes Meredith will have it postponed. Johnson is very glad the Court will sanction state insolvent laws. JONATHAN MEREDITH (1784-1872) Philadelphia-born lawyer, to Baltimore in 1806 to practice law. He was associated with the Bank of Baltimore ca. 1831. He assisted William Wirt in the 1830 impeachment trial of Judge James Hawkins Peck. He was a lawyer with the Baltimore branch of the Bank of the United States circa 1840s-1850s. As a legal consultant to the Bank of Baltimore and the local branch of the Bank of the United States, Meredith dealt with legal questions involving banking and commerce in Maryland. A well respected lawyer, his advice was sought by banks, insurance companies, and private individuals.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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