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Sampson against the Philistines, or The reformation of lawsuits; [electronic resource] : and justice made cheap, speedy, and brought home to every man's door: agreeable to the principles of the ancient trial by jury, before the same was innovated by judges and lawyers. : Compiled for the use of the honest citizens of the United States. To whom it is dedicated
Bib ID 3732895
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Higgins, Jesse, 1763-
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Description [Washington, D.C.? : s.n., 1804?] 
v, [1], 98, xxiii [i.e., xxii] p. ; 22 cm. 

Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 9308.


"My intention in this work, is to expose to full view the prodigious evil of our jurisprudence, to shew the absurdity of common law, and to suggest a competent remedy for that evil by a reform. ... "--Preface, p. iv, 1st count.

Appendices, xxii p., 3rd count, include "From the National intelligencer. Address to the legislatures of the respective states. Letter fourth," "Commentary on letter 4th in the National intelligencer," "Some account of the Danish tribunal of conciliation," "Passmore's case," and "Extract from the last will and testament of General Washington."

Error in paging: p. xi-xxii, 3rd count, misnumbered xii-xxiii.

The American Antiquarian Society copy is annotated in a contemporary hand, "Printed by Wm. Duane, Phila." The second edition (Shaw & Shoemaker 8348) bears imprint "Philadelphia: Printed by B. Graves, for W. Duane. 1805" and is copyright by Duane on June 8, 1805. However, Scharf's account includes a letter from Duane to Higgins, dated Washington, D.C. Nov. 18, 1804, stating "I brought it with me to this place, where I can under my own eye see it printed ... In about ten days I shall begin to advertise it so as to prepare the minds of readers for its reception."

Variously attributed to William Duane, Jesse Higgins and William Sampson. For conclusive attribution to Jesse Higgins, a wealthy Delaware landowner, see "Memoirs of a senator from Pennsylvania, Jonathan Roberts, 1771-1854" in the Pennsylvania magazine of history & biography, v. 62 (April 1938), p. 213-223, and Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Delaware, 1609-1888 (1888), p. 959-960.

Includes bibliographical references.

Microform version available in the Readex Early American Imprints series.

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Shaw & Shoemaker 9308

Reproduction Electronic text and image data. [Chester, Vt. : Readex, a division of Newsbank, Inc., 2004-2007] Includes files in TIFF, GIF and PDF formats with inclusion of keyword searchable text. (Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 9308). 
Subjects Justice, Administration of -- United States.  |  Law -- United States -- History.
Place United States District of Columbia Washington.
Other authors/contributors Duane, William, 1760-1835  |  Sampson, William, 1764-1836


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