A Notable Lawyer Discusses the Dissolution of Partnerships [Manuscript]. Cowles, Henry B. [1798-1873]. [Cowles, Gad (1768-1845)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, Carmel, NY, December 19, 1833]. Single leaf folded to form 13" x 8" bifolium with integral address leaf, franked on verso of second leaf. Moderate toning, vertical and horizontal fold lines, a minor loss at wax seal with no loss to text. $450. * A lengthy letter from a notable lawyer and U.S. Congressman discussing laws on the dissolution of partnerships. Addressed to his uncle, Cowles discusses the legal precedents on notifications in cases of the dissolution of partnerships. He reviews the laws of New York, Connecticut and South Carolina, as well as those of Great Britain. Cowles concludes that "the Courts of South Carolina have in my opinion hit upon the most sensible and rational rule upon this whole subject, and one which is best calculated to do justice to all the parties & preserve the rights of Courts and juries." Cowles was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1798 and moved to Duchess County, New York in 1809. An 1816 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He served in the New York State Assembly from 1826 to 1828 and in 1829 was elected to one term in Congress as an anti-Jacksonian. in 1834 he moved to New York City and opened a practice that he maintained until the end of his life.
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