"The Most Sweeping Indictment of Common Law Idealism Ever Written in America" Sampson, William [1764-1836]. Thompson, Pishey [1784-1862], Editor. Sampson's Discourse And Correspondence With Various Learned Jurists, Upon The History Of The Law, With the Addition of Several Essays, Tracts, And Documents Relating to the Subject. Washington City [DC]: Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1826. viii, 202 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, hinges cracked. Moderate toning and light foxing to interior, faint dampstaining in places, early owner signature of Christopher Columbus Andrews to front free endpaper and title page, small Andrews inkstamp to inner margin of following leaf. $750. * Only edition. Sampson, an Irish lawyer, was exiled in 1799 for his involvement in the 1798 rebellion. He established a practice in New York several years later. Delivered in 1823 and published in 1824, his Discourse was both an argument for codification and "the most sweeping indictment of common law idealism ever written in America." His Discourse And Correspondence is a reprint of his address with responses by "various learned jurists" and additional pieces. Described by Marvin as "the first in our country to fix public attention on the subject of legal reform," he encouraged a national debate that continued through much of the nineteenth century and produced such reforms as New York's Code of Civil Procedure, which was adopted by 23 other states. Andrews [1829-1922] was a Massachusetts lawyer who settled in Minnesota in 1856, where he established a newspaper and entered politics. He became a general during the Civil War, where he proved to be an effective officer, and played an important role during the early years of Reconstruction. He was the minister to Sweden and Norway from 1869 to 1877 and consul-general to the Empire of Brazil from 1882 to 1885. Interested in forestry, and later a Minnesota forestry Commissioner, he was an active promoter of responsible logging and forest preservation. A state forest in Pine County, MN is named in his honor. Bloomfield, "William Sampson and the Codifiers: The Roots of American Legal Reform, 1820-1830," The Ameri.
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