Inscribed to Charles Sumner [Trial]. Whiting, William [1813-1873]. [Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)]. Supreme Court of the United States. No. 97. Artemas L. Brooks et al., Appellants from the Decree of the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts, Vs. John Fiske and N.G. Norcross. Points for Arguments Prepared on the Part of Said Fiske and Norcross. Boston: J.M. Hewes and Co., 1852. 87,  pp. Octavo (9-1/2' x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. A few minor chips, spine abraded with wear at ends, rear wrapper detached, light toning to text, presentation inscription to Charles Sumner at head of front wrapper. $250. * Only edition. The inscription reads: "Hon Charles Sumner/ with the respects of/ William Whiting." This case concerned a patent dispute over the invention of, and improvements to, a planing machine. An 1838 graduate of Harvard Law School, whiting was a Boston lawyer who served several terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was solicitor of the War Department from 1862 to 1865. Best known for his opposition to Slavery, Sumner was one of the great political leaders of his day. He was a Massachusetts senator from 1851 to 1874. Sumner lectured at Harvard Law School in 1836 and 1837; Whiting was one of his pupils.
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