Du Ponceau Advises a Fellow Philadelphia Attorney [Manuscript]. Du Ponceau, Peter S. [1760-1844]. [Copy of Letter to Robert E. Griffith, Philadelphia, December 10, 1822]. Single leaf folded to form 10" x 8" bifolium, "Copy" to head of recto of first leaf, franked and docketed (and marked "Copy") on verso of second leaf. Moderate toning, light rubbing to edges, two horizontal fold lines. Content in neat hand to rectos and verso of first leaf and recto of second leaf. Letter accompanied by typed transcription. $750. * Du Ponceau provides detailed legal advice to a fellow Philadelphia attorney regarding his firm's claims against France and Spain under the settlements of the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Adams-Onis Treaty (1819). Under the Louisiana Purchase treaty, Griffith and his law firm, Nicklin and Griffith (along with other agents) had been issued an order of restitution for the ship New Jersey and her cargo, which had been captured by the French in the West Indies in 1798 and condemned at a Spanish port. The settlement, however, was significantly reduced a few months later. Many years later, the case was brought to the attention of two commissioners of the Adams-Onis Treaty, which established the border between the U.S. and Spanish Florida, for further review. Du Ponceau says Griffith has a strong case. Du Ponceau is an important figure in the early history of American law and letters. He founded the Law Academy of Philadelphia in 1821, was the President of the American Philosophical Society and was an expert on international relations and linguistics.
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