The Undisputed Leader of the Pennsylvania Bar During the Mid-Nineteenth Century [Manuscript Archive]. Binney, Horace [1780-1875]. [Legal Correspondence and Documents]. Philadelphia, 1817-1868. 17 items, 9 are bifolia, 8 single leaves, sizes range from 2-3/4" x 6" to 10-1/4" x 8-1/4." Manuscript in ink to rectos and some versos. Light to moderate toning, fold lines, minor edgewear and soiling. $2,500. * Horace Binney began his practice in Philadelphia 1800 and was the undisputed leader of the Pennsylvania Bar during the mid-nineteenth century and ranked among the finest lawyers in America. He was president of the Pennsylvania Bar for a number of years and served two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Also an accomplished poet and scholar, he is best known for his three pamphlets on habeas corpus under the American Constitution published in 1861, 1862 and 1865, which defended President Lincoln's suspension of the writ. He is best-remembered today as the editor of Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Philadelphia (1809-1815), also known as Binney's Reports. With two exceptions, this archive includes incoming and outgoing correspondence and receipts relating to legal cases. The other two items are letter accompanying the gift of two books to a fellow lawyer and a resolution of the Bar of Philadelphia, addressed to William Rawle, naming Binney and others to a committee to publish a legal history of Pennsylvania. A list with detailed descriptions of each item is available on request.
Book number 70330