Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Edmund Randolph, 30 June 1792

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia, June 30. 1792.


Judge Wilson, to whom application was made for a citation in the writ of error, desired in Pagan’s case, has taken the subject into consideration again, at my instance. Not more than one half of the record was laid before him; and the portion, which he did not see, was the most important; as alone containing the matter, upon which a writ of error could be pressed. I cannot say, what may be the consequence of having drawn an opinion from a judge, even upon mutilated documents, and afterwards soliciting him to revise it. But Mr. Wilson confessed, that the business wore a different aspect since his inspection of the record at large,1 from what it assumed on its first mention to him; and requested, that it should remain, as it now is, until the body of judges shall assemble on the first monday in August in this city. I shall not urge him to an earlier decision, unless you insist upon it. I have the honor, sir, to be yr. mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

RC (Jacques de Bon, Geneva, Switzerland, 1952); at foot of text: “The Secretary of State.” PrC of Tr (DLC); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr. Recorded in SJL as received 29 June 1792.

For a discussion of Attorney General Randolph’s efforts to involve the Supreme Court in Pagan’s case, see note to George Hammond to TJ, 26 Nov. 1791. TJ wrote a brief note to Hammond on 2 July 1792 enclosing a copy of Randolph’s letter, “on the subject of which Th:J. will take the first opportunity of saying a few words to Mr. Hammond” (PrC in DLC).

1Preceding eight words interlined.

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