Book #78323
Item #78323 Autograph Letter, Signed, From James Kent to Thomas Isaac Wharton. Manuscript, James Kent.
Autograph Letter, Signed, From James Kent to Thomas Isaac Wharton.
Autograph Letter, Signed, From James Kent to Thomas Isaac Wharton.

Autograph Letter, Signed, From James Kent to Thomas Isaac Wharton.

A Warm Letter from Chancellor Kent [Manuscript]. Kent, James [1763-1847]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, From James Kent to Thomas Isaac Wharton, New York, May 3, 1828 (?)]. 2 pp. 10" x 8" bifolium, addressed and docketed (Ch. Kent Nov: 3d. 38) on verso with postmark and wax seal. Light toning, fold lines from mailing, small chips and tears to main horizontal fold, small tears to fore-edge from wax seal without loss to text. Typed transcript included. $350. * James Kent was one of America's first great jurists and legal scholars. Columbia's first professor of law, he is best known for his tenure as Chancellor of the State of New York, which established American equity jurisprudence, and as the author of the landmark Commentaries on American Law (1826-30). In this letter, written to legal scholar and court reporter Thomas Isaac Wharton [1791-1856], Kent thanks Wharton for personal and professional dinner invitations and for "the zealous & honorable support which your Bar offered to the Bench," which stands "in need of cheering" given the "eight years attack by Ignorance, malice, ferocity & Tyranny." He also notes that he must decline the professional dinner invitation due to his "diffidence," the infirmity of his wife and an engrossing "Engagement in Business." It is unclear from Kent's date exactly when the letter was written, but it was likely written before 1838 since Kent was living in New Jersey at that time.

Price: $350.00

Book number 78323

See all items in Antiquarian & Scholarly
See all items by ,