[Paris]: Ch. Est. Chenault, 1762. 52,pp. Quarto. Modern boards. Few fox marks, else very good. Item #WRCAM31080
Summary of a lawsuit brought by M. Dupont de Malabray of France against his uncle's widow, Mme. Beaufils, residing in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). Dupont's uncle, Anceny des Touches, had made a fortune in sugar plantations. In his marriage contract, des Touches had made the usual provision of designating his wife as his principal heir, but had carefully reserved a certain sum for members of his own family. Upon his death, the widow, Mme. Beaufils, had declared des Touches' will void because it was undated, and claimed the entire fortune as her right by the marriage contract. Dupont, named chief executor and a legatee in the will, sued the widow. Dupont ultimately lost his case, the Conseil Supérieur of Port-au-Prince deciding that the French laws upon which Dupont rested his case had not been officially transmitted to the colonies, and were therefore inapplicable in Saint-Domingue.