Account Book of Polk's Attorney General and Ambassodor to Mexico, Later an Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice [Manuscript]. Clifford, Nathan [1803-1881]. [Clifford, Hannah Ayer (1811-1892)]. [Account Book]. Newfield, ME, 1839-1849.  pp. Octavo (7-1/4" x 6-1/4"). Quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn, Clifford signature to front pastedown. Light toning to text, content in neat hand to rectos and versos of 62 pages, some entries from 1846 to 1849 in the hand of Clifford's wife, Hannah. $1,250. * Clifford read law with Josiah Quincy III and was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1827. After practicing on his own for a few years, he began a law partnership with his brother-in-law Caleb R. Ayer [1813-1884], who was also a prominent Maine politician. Clifford was a U.S. Congressman from 1839 to 1843, attorney general under President Polk from 1846 to 1848 and minister plenipotentiary to Mexico from 1848 to 1849. During that time he helped to draft the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War. President Buchanan nominated Clifford to the U.S. Supreme Court. He served from 1858 until his death. This book includes entries relating to Clifford's practice with Ayer, including names of clients and cases. Hannah Clifford's entries date from periods when her husband was in Washington or Mexico. The first two pages, covering dates from November 1839 to mid-January 1840 and with the heading "Clifford & Ayre," appear to reflect expenses reling to the establishment of the partnership. Intermingled with entries concerning the practice are entries for personal, household and family expeses, such as oil, sugar, tuition, house repairs and personal loans. Among the names mention ed in this book are John Fairfield, teh 13th and 16th governor of Maine, Benjamin Webster, Patience Gile, Benjamin Tibbetts and Moses Ayer.
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