. . . I have proposed to you to carry on the study of the law, with that of Politics & History. every political measure will
for ever have an intimate connection with the laws of the land; and he who knows nothing of these will always be perplexed
& often foiled by adversaries having the advantage of that knolege over him . . .
to thomas mann randolph, jr., july 6, 1787.
Sullivan’s history of Land titles in Massachusets.
1815 Catalogue, page 91. no. 31, as above, with reading
The history of Land titles in Massachusetts. By James Sullivan, L.L.D. Attorney General of that Commonwealth . . . Printed at
I. Thomas and
E. T. Andrews, for the author.
HD1186 .U6 S8
First Edition. 8vo. 196 leaves collating in fours.
Marvin, page 678.
Sheep, back damaged by fire. Initialled by Jefferson at sig. I and T.
In a letter to Albert Gallatin, dated from Monticello September 27, 1810, Jefferson wrote: “
. . . was there ever a profound common lawyer known in one of the Eastern states? there never was, nor never can be one from
those states. the basis of their law, is neither Common, nor Civil. it is an original if any compound can so be called. it’s
foundation seems to have been laid in the spirit & principles of Jewish law, incorporated with some words & phrases of Common
law, and an abundance of notions of their own. this makes an amalgam sui generis; and it is well known that a man first &
thoroughly initiated into the principles of one system of law, can never become pure & sound in any other. L
d. Mansfield was a splendid proof of this. therefore I say there never was, nor can be, a profound Common lawyer from those
states. Sullivan had the reputation of preeminence there as a common lawyer. but we have his History of land titles, which
gives us his measure . . .
James Sullivan, 1744-1808, lawyer, was a native of the District of Maine. He was one of the founders of the Massachusetts Historical Society,
and was at different times a justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, attorney general, and governor of the same state.
Story’s selection of pleadings.
1815 Catalogue, page 91. no. 32, as above.
A Selection of pleadings in civil actions, subsequent to the Declaration. With occasional annotations on the law of pleading.
By Joseph Story . . .
Salem: Published by
Barnard B. Macanulty,
Manning and Loring, printers,