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Letter, 15 March 1826, of W[addy] Thompson, Jr., Edgefield, to Robert Leckie, Washington, D.C.
Letter, 15 March 1826, of W[addy] Thompson, Jr. (1798-1868), E-dgefield, to Robert Leckie, Washington, concerns a legal case before the appellate court at Columbia and suggests that Leckie's presence was vital to the success of the trial.

"The great point of effort will be the case of James Canty," Thompson writes. "And in that you will have a good many difficulties to encounter. The Scotch of Columbia by no means a small or uninfluential class will take a warm interest for Canty. [B]landing is his strong & zealous friend....He must be rushed and tortured on his examination & that you well know DeSaussure will not do. In one word I have not the slightest confidence in Blanding's correctness nor either in DeSaussure's ability to manage your cases to advantage nor in his disposition to do so, at the expense of an interference with Blandings feelings. And as the case now stands he being the atty of record all this must devolve on him."

Thompson expresses a willingness "to render you all the assistance in my power" but stipulates he cannot do so "unless I can have the examination of the witnesses myself and the reply in the argument."


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