From George Hay
Richmond Decr 5. 1811
I have the pleasure to inform you that on monday last, the discussion of the question of Jurisdiction in Livingstons case Commenced. It was closed on tuesday: and on yesterday the two judges, concurring over-ruled the replication to the plea of jurisdiction.
You will pardon me for Suggesting to you, that as the Suit has gone off on a collateral point, it would afford great Satisfaction to the public1 to See that its fate would have been no better if it had been tried on the merits. This they will See, if the defence which you entrusted to my hands Shall be made known. You will be So good as to Say what shall be done with it, and with the books and documents belonging to the Cause.—
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Preceding three words interlined.