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Benjamin Watkins Leigh Letter to John M. Clayton

Identifier: SC 00541

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Letter from Benjamin Watkins Leigh, Richmond, Virginia to John M. Clayton about French spoliation claims prior to 1800 that Chief John Marshall had written an opinion that the claims should be paid. Leigh questions how the President can veto a bill when he himself cannot vote.


  • Creation: 1846 August 17


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in William A. McFarland, "An Address on the Life, Character, and Public Services, of the late Hon. Benjamin Watkins Leigh. Richmond, 1857.

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