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George Wythe Papers

Identifier: SC 00600

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Manuscript in the hand of and signed by George Wythe, giving legal advice to the recipient who purchased land from John Twitty, the title which could be subject to the payment of a judgment recovered by the King against Twitty in a case before the General Court.  If John Twitty will not recant the bonds for payment of the purchase money, Wythe advises the recipient not to pay the money until the suit is ended or until he can be assured he will not be evicted. October 13, 1774.

Plaintiff's bill in suit of equity before the Virginia High Court of Chancery in the case of Patrick Boyle and Michael McKewan vs George Lindenberger.  Witnessed by Charles Ossick, 12 January 1801.  Injunction written and signed by George Wythe, 26 January 1801.  Patrick Boyle made his oath in Berkeley County, Virginia.  Other names mentioned:  George C. Lindenburger, Charles Ingolesby and Charles McGovern, Transcript included.


  • Creation: 1774 October 13, 1801 January 26


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George Wythe was born in 1726 in Elizabeth City County, Va. He attended the College of William and Mary. Wythe studied law and was a member and clerk of the House of Burgesses. Member of Continental Congress. Signed Declaration of Independence. Speaker of House of Delegates. Judge of Virginia High Court of Chancery. Professor of Law and Police at William and Mary, 1779- 1790. Moved to Richmond where he died in 1806.


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Guide to the George Wythe Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
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