Concord: Printed by Isaac Hill, 1818. 27, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, starting to loosen, else Very Good.
The lower court opinion in the famous Dartmouth College Case, brought because the anti-Federalist legislature of New Hampshire had abolished Dartmouth's charter and turned it into a state university. Webster was not original counsel in the Superior Court, but delivered Dartmouth's summation at the close of trial. No record of his speech evidently exists, "but it was said that his emotional peroration 'left the whole courtroom in tears.'" Peterson, The Great Triumvirate 99. Nevertheless, the Court found against Dartmouth; Webster took the case to the Supreme Court for a $1000 fee. There, Webster's claim-- that the charter was a contract whose obligations the legislature could not constitutionally impair-- succeeded, but it was not original: able but losing counsel had made it in the lower court.
FIRST EDITION. BEAL 11611. Sabin 18623. AI 44995 . Item #26124