Deposit, N.Y. L.P. Allen, [ 1866]. 7pp. Letter folded for mailing, splitting at the main vertical fold, and along one horizontal fold. Pamphlet browned, some marginalia and underlining, vertical crease. Both items very good. Item #WRCAM29329
Douglas Boardman was a Circuit Court judge in New York State. In this letter to Martha Bradstreet he praises her for her longevity and strength, and wishes her good health. He goes on to state that in his position as a member of the bench, he cannot offer her any legal advice, as he is proscribed by law from acting as attorney or counsel, but that he will be visiting the town of Delhi, New York, and she may visit him if she would like. Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871) was the step- granddaughter of colonial Gen. John Bradstreet (d. 1774), and spent some fifty years of her long life adjudicating land claims in upstate New York growing out of Bradstreet's will. She often represented herself in court, but also retained the services of attorneys. The OPINION... regards a case growing out of Martha Bradstreet's numerous land claims in and around Utica, New York. The ruling was not in Mrs. Bradstreet's favor in her attempt to claim historical title to the land. The titlepage bears the ownership signature of Edward Livius Bradstreet, her longest surviving son, who carried on the fight for hereditary land rights after his mother's death. No copies listed on OCLC. Scarce.