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Longman v. Mein; Wright & Gill v. Mein: 1770–1771

From: Adams Papers | Legal Papers of John Adams | Volume 1 | E. Commercial Law | Longman v. Mein; Wright & Gill v. Mein: 1770–1771

1Editorial Note (Adams Papers)
John Mein’s stormy career was cut short by two actions brought against him by John Hancock under a power of attorney from Mein’s London creditors. That Mein infuriated the “well-disposed” and the Sons of Liberty is certain; that they rejoiced in his difficulties, including these protracted lawsuits, is equally clear. It is more doubtful whether Mein was correct in attributing to Hancock the...
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