Joseph Story: Letter to Samuel P. P. Fay as “Matthew Bramble”(1807)
Joseph Story was, above all, a scholarly justice devoted to the expansion of national power and the common law. These aspects of his jurisprudence are highlighted in various documents. His 1807 Letter to Samuel P. P. Fay as “Matthew Bramble,” written while Story was still in his twenties, describes a trip he took to Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist for New England land speculators. Here he hints at an understanding of American political development that would inform his future work and shows his erudition and his vision of governance.
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