• President Tyler's Appointed Collector Of Customs Offers Legal Opinion To Boston Firm

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    JUDGE LORY ODELL was born in 1801 in Conway, New Hampshire. After a short law practice in Conway, he became a resident of Portsmouth. He was made collector of customs for the Portsmouth Port under President Tyler and remained collector under Presidents Taylor and Fillmore. Odell was also a police judge.

    1 1/4 pp, 8 x 10, Portsmouth, July 15, 1848, to the Fogg Brothers, merchants in Boston, MA. The Fogg Brothers ran a shipping company involved in China trade. The letter involves legal matters regarding property and bankruptcy.

    In small part, “...When the former writ was commenced, you remarked that Fulkin would on the return of one of the other partners of that house exchange a note you then held for another...If this has been done it would be best to have another still made with the date of this year. Will you inform me about this by return mail?

    “...It appears to me that each of the partners must have been divested of all control over the property & debts due the firm by the proceedings under the laws of Massachusetts.  The process of foreign attachment in a case like this will intercept property or debts living in N.H. if a firm doing business in another state notwithstanding the bankrupt or insolvent laws of that state...”

    Nice early postal markings.

    Folds. Light toning.

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