New Orleans: True Delta Office, 1858. 62pp. Original printed wrappers. Spine nearly perished. Moderate dust soiling and occasional creasing, vertical fold line through center. Good. Contemporary presentation inscription on front wrapper. Item #WRCAM31160
The argument of attorney Greer B. Duncan in the estate law case brought by Myra Gaines against the city of New Orleans. "Myra (Clark) Whitney Gaines claimed she was the legitimate child of Daniel Clark and as such was entitled to a portion of his estate, which was denied her by his executors, Richard Relf and Beverly Chew. She also accused the executors of suppressing a will written by Clark just prior to his death, in which he left all of his property to her. After lengthy litigation, complicated by the question of the jurisidiction of chancery suits in Louisiana, the case was decided in favor of the defendants" - Cohen. The trial became one of the most celebrated cases of the mid-19th century. A scarce New Orleans imprint. OCLC locates only two copies. COHEN 11364. JUMONVILLE 2722. OCLC 22829352.