Autograph Letter Signed
This U.S. vice-presidential candidate on the anti-Masonic ticket (1832, with William Wirt for president) was a Pennsylvania legislator, jurist and attorney general. Brief ALS, 1p, 8¼" X 13", Harrisburg, PA, 1817 August 1. Addressed to George Bryan, auditor general. Good plus. Rather edgeworn, with several edge chips; some archival repairs along right edge. Intriguingly cryptic legal matter written while state attorney general, reading: "In the case submitted in your letter of yesterday my first impressions were the same as yours. But upon [ ? ] the reflection & examination of the law I adapt the [ ? ] of Judge Burnside. I could add another reason to those mentioned by the Judge -- one drawn from the word & spirit of the law -- but unless it be desired by the accounting officers I will not enter into a discussion at large of the question.." (Thomas Burnside, 1782-1851, was a Pennsylvania representative and state supreme court associate justice; at the time of this letter, he served as president judge of the Luzerne district courts.) Worth further research. .
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