Notes: A eulogy for Judge Bushrod Washington (1762–1829), who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1798 until his death. His uncle was George Washington, and Bushrod inherited Mount Vernon and the rest of President Washington's estate.
Hopkinson provides a brief biography of Bushrod and includes a page or so about George Washington. He also describes in detail one case that Bushrod heard, a complex dispute over the ownership of a British ship seized by privateers during the Revolutionary War.
Hopkinson (1770–1842) served in the US House of Representatives and as a federal court judge. His father, Francis Hopkinson, was a signor of the Declaration of Independence.
, 10–32 pages.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). This was one of Hopkinson's own copies and was acquired from his descendants. it is bound in the original plain wrappers, sewn with cord. The word "chief" is crossed out in ink on the title page, correcting a misunderstanding in the title. Washington was not the Chief Justice; the word "chief" in the title was intended to mean something like "distinguished" or "principal."
Publication: Philadelphia: T. S. Manning, Printer [for the Philadelphia Bar], 1830.
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