Morning, walk to the Capitol, Supreme Court, Argument on the Insolvent Law, Mr. Ogden
and Mr. Wheaton,1 evening, a Drawing room.
1. In this and later entries CFA refers to the celebrated case of Ogden v. Saunders (12 Wheaton 213), which involved the respective powers of the federal government
and the states over the subject of bankruptcy. David Bayard Ogden (1775–1849), Walter Jones (1776–1861), William Sampson (1764–1836), William Wirt, and Edward Livingston defended the validity of state bankruptcy laws;
Daniel Webster and Henry Wheaton were their opponents. On 18 Feb. 1827 the Supreme
Court, by a 4–3 decision, upheld the state laws. See Charles Warren, The Supreme Court in United States History, Boston, 1947, 1:686–690.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.