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Chapman Johnson to Thomas Jefferson, 10 June 1813

From Chapman Johnson

Staunton 10th June 1813.

Dear Sir,

I have to acknowledge your’s of the 4th, received this morning, and to promise you my attention, to the case of David Michie against yourself, depending in the Albemarle circuit Court,—

I was apprised of the application for a certiorari, during the sitting of the last court, and on the authority of your former letter, would have contested the propriety of granting it, if the application had been made the subject of discussion in Court—But it was not—Mr Michie made a personal application to the judge, and when informed by him, that he was disposed to hear counsel, Mr M. informed the judge that he had no counsel—This circumstance was mentioned to me, by Mr Stuart; He said that he felt some doubt upon one point, and in order that an argument might be had, he thought it best to grant the certiorari. The point I think was this—The warrant is for—forcible entry and detainer—The verdict of the jury finds only the forcible detainer. For myself I can only say, that I have not examined the subject sufficiently to perceive the cause for doubt here—The judge entertaining it however, is sufficient to prevent me from saying that the law on this subject is perfectly plain.

I thought it would be satisfactory to you to make this statement of the ground, on which I believe the cause has been removed into the circuit court—

Very respectfully Yr Obt Set

C Johnson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 22 June 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s missing letter to Johnson of the 4th is recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Superior Court of Law, Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with D. Michie search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; decisions appealed search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; jury findings search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; warrant for restitution of land to TJ search
  • Johnson, Chapman; and Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters from search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters to accounted for search
  • Michie, David; Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and Jefferson v. Michie search