1801.018: Case Report on Love v. Donelson & Hodgson (1801).

Published: 1801

Full Title: Love against Donelson and Hodgson, in this cause, which, on the [blank] day of [blank] in the first year of the nineteenth centurie of the Christian æra, was heard on the bill, answers, exhibits and examinations of witnesses, the court, after considering allegations of parties, their proofs, and arguments of counsil, [sic] discussed the subjects of controversy in these terms ...

Author: Wythe, George (1726-1806), reporter.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Nicolson

Description: 34 pgs.; 19 cm. (8vo).


The case of Love v. Donelson & Hodgson was one where the plaintiff sought relief from a default bond over a real estate deal involving an anticipated cession of Cherokee lands; the agreed sale from Love to Donelson was prevented by a treaty that did not include the tract in question; Love was held in default by Hodgson, who had been assigned Donelson's bond, and awarded its $4000 face value by a lower court; the High Court of Chancery was bound by a 1796 precedent to find for Hodgson, but argued that the state's Supreme Court of Appeals should reconsider that binding precedent as it clearly impinged Love's rights in this case. As with Wythe's previous publications, imprint lacks title page, apparently to simplify binding with other such reports; as the caption title indicates, this case was heard in 1801, but Evans dated this item to 1796, when the bulk of Wythe's reports on cases heard by the High Court of Chancery were published for him by Nicolson. Several surviving copies have manuscript notations identifying Wythe as the case reporter; as this imprint also lacks printer credit, Nicolson is usually assigned this title on basis of his prior work for Wythe; this Index entry conforms to those attributions.

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