New Orleans, LA: 1834. Folio broadsheet, 7-1/2" x 12-1/2".  pp. Completely in ink manuscript, wax seal remnant in top left margin of recto. Toned, a few old folds [a few short fold splits repaired without loss]. Very Good.
In 1833 Benjamin embarked on the practice of law in New Orleans at the age of 22. This petition dates from the earliest days of his career, representing a local creditor in a suit on a promissory note. Judah P. Benjamin [1811-1884] became the South's most able lawyer and its most prominent Jew; the second Jew to serve in the U.S. Senate; the Confederate States' Attorney General from February to November, 1861; its Secretary of War from November, 1861 to March,1862; and Secretary of State from March, 1862 to May 10, 1865. At the end of the War he escaped to England, where he became a renowned barrister.
[Antoine] David Olivier [1759-1844], born in France, moved to America in the early 1800s, living first in Virginia, and then New Orleans. A merchant, he made his fortune in New Orleans and built a large sugar cane plantation which was later converted to St. Mary's Orphan Asylum after the Civil War. R.P. Gaillard was Raymond Pierre Gaillard [1796-1875], owner of a large New Orleans sugar plantation. Christoval Ignacio Sebastian Toledano [1789-1869] was a sugar and cotton broker in New Orleans. His brother Raphael Manuel Domingo Toledano [1795-1861] was in business with his brother and Auditor of Accounts of New Orleans for a time. The brothers were of Spanish descent, the sons of Don Manuel Toledano who had been sent to New Orleans as an agent of the Spanish government. The two brothers served in the War of 1812 under Major Jean Baptiste Plauche's Battalion d'Orleans and took part in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Item #36608