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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0008-0002

Author: Essarts, Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne des
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-09-07

Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne des Essarts to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I have the honor to send you the first volume of my work.1 You will see, in my preliminary discourse, that I propose to do a history of the tribunals of all nations, to deal with their major laws, and to give an account of the functions of their magistrates. The United States has its courts, laws, and magistrates. I take the liberty to ask you, sir, to provide me with the material necessary for my article on the tribunals of the United States. No one is in a better position than you, sir, to do me this service. Since my second volume is almost printed and the article on the United States will appear in the third, I would be much obliged if you could kindly send me, as soon as possible, the details necessary to enable me to write a history of your tribunals, their operation, and the manner in which justice is rendered in the entire United States. I shall be eternally grateful for this help.
I am, with respectful consideration, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Des Essarts
Lawyer, member of several academies,
author of the journal des causes celebres,2
Rue de Verneuil near that of Poitiers.
1. Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne Des Essarts (1744–1810), a lawyer, as well as prolific author and editor, sent JA the first volume of his nine-volume work, Essai sur l'historie générale des tribuneaux des peuples tant anciens que modernes, Paris, 1778–1784 (Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale). The copy sent by Des Essarts is in JA's library at the Boston Public Library (Catalogue of JA's Library). There is { 12 } no indication that JA responded to Des Essarts' request for information on the American judicial system.
2. Causes célèbres, curieuses et intéressantes de touts les cours souveraines du royaume was published in Paris, 1773–1789.
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.