Friday, September 27, 2019

James Fenwick Brent to John A. Quitman, March 19, 1845

New Orleans, March 19th, 1845.

Dear Sir, — As the question of an elective judiciary will shortly engage the attention of the Louisiana Convention, now in session in this city, and as it is important that correct information should be obtained relative to the operation of that system in Mississippi, the only state in the Union where the experiment has been fairly tried, I trust that you will pardon the liberty I take in requesting that you will furnish your views, in writing, upon that subject, based upon your experience and observation as a practicing attorney in the courts of that state. The chief objection urged against the system here is, that if the election of judges be intrusted to the people their choice will be generally, if not universally, determined by mere party and political considerations; and I beg leave to call your attention particularly to this point, as connected with the working of that system in Mississippi.

SOURCES: John F. H. Quitman, Life and Correspondence of John A. Quitman, Volume 1, p. 127

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