1821.018: Substitute to Report on Answer to Complaint in Cohens v. Virginia.

Published: 1821

Full Title: A substitute proposed by Mr. Miller, of Powhatan, for the report and resolutions concerning the citation of the commonwealth to answer a complaint before the supreme court of the United States. Printed by order of the house of delegates.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Ritchie

Description: 12 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Deliberations on the original report (1821.003) is a landmark in the debate over the Supreme Court's power as final arbiter of law in the United States, in this case its authority to review state supreme court cases as decided in Cohens v. Virginia (19 U.S. 264) on March 3, 1821. When case was argued before U.S. Supreme Court on February 13, 1821, these deliberations had not yet ended; leaving the state's attorney to proceed from the original report. Title lacks imprint; Thomas Ritchie, the public printer, was ordered on January 31, 1821, to print 250 copies of this substitute for the use of the Assembly; while Ritchie held an interest in press office of Daniel Trueheart & Samuel Cary at this time, he also often subcontracted public work to that of Samuel Shepherd & William Pollard; the absence of evidence for which press he assigned this item, so making him the only person identified with this title.

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