The American Jurist and Law Magazine Volume 6

The American Jurist and Law Magazine Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...purpose of relieving the citizens and the states from the performance of the most meritorious and solemn engagements. Shays's rebellion, in Massachusetts, was excited by the poverty of the people, and their inability to pay their debts, and the uniform refusal of the legislature to emit a paper currency, subject to depreciation, and to be a tender; and also by the course of law in the collection of debts. Lawyers became odious to debtors, (who were a great majority), by their agency in enforcing the law; and the effects of the odium then raised against them, and against men of capital, were perceptible long after prosperity was restored.1 1 The legislature of Kentucky, not many years since, attempted, by a system of relief laws, stop laws, &c. to remedy the evils which arose from a depreciation of the bank notes (the principal currency) of that state; and the people were divided and convulsed on this system of relief. The courts of the state pronounced these laws unconstitutional. A further breach of their state constitution was then made, by abolishing their supreme court and organizing another. The old court proceeded as before, and the new court proceeded as they could; and two sets of judges, counteracting each others' proceedings, led to such confusion and anarchy, as has seldom been witnessed in civilized communities. The remedy was found worse than the disease, and the good sense of the people finally prevailed; and after the election of the governor and legislature, in 1827, the course of justice returned to its old and proper channels. See 1 J. J. Marsh. 205--207; 7 Monroe, 649. If, in this instance, the old court had upheld the relief laws, the question might have been brought before the supreme court of the United States, and been...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662725
  • 9781236662729