Samuel Chase letter to Governor William Paca, 1785 April 25

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Samuel Chase letter to Governor William Paca, 1785 April 25



Chase requests Paca write to Mr. Adams on a matter involving Mr. Pitt.

Samuel Chase was one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. Before the Revolution, Chase was a lawyer and member of the legislature. He was elected to the first Continental Congress and voted for independence in July, 1776. He voted against the Constitution during Maryland's ratifying convention. His legal career culminated in an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court where his decisions helped lay the foundation for judicial review. He was impeached by Congress for his handling of trials involving sedition and treason. Acquitted by the Senate, Chase remained on the court until his death in 1811.


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[Judge Chase to Gov: Paca]

Monday April 25th 1785

Dear Sir,

I wish to receive an answer to
the enclosed as soon as possible.
If you
write to Mr. Adams, a Copy of my letter
sent to Mr. Pitt will (I believe) fully inform
him of the Claim by this Govt. & the reasons
in Support of it. - I wish you would
direct yr. Secretary to make out a Copy
of my letter to Mr. Pitt to send to my
Solicitors, that they may join & give
some little assistance to induce the
Atty. General to disclaim.- The
letter must be ready by Wednesday

Your Friend
S Chase

I shall be at the [illegible]
State House at 12 o Clock

Governor Paca

Original Format

Ink on paper


Chase, Samuel, 1741-181, “Samuel Chase letter to Governor William Paca, 1785 April 25,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed December 4, 2022,

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