Comment by William Loughton Smith on Trials by Jury
Mar. 11. 1792.
Mr. Sterrett tells me that sitting round a fire the other day with 4 or 5. others of Mr. Smith (of S.C.) was one, some body mentioned that the murderers of Hogeboom sheriff of Columbia county N. York, were acquitted. ‘Aye, says Smith, This is what comes of your damned trial by jury.’
MS DLC; entirely in TJ's hand; follows on same sheet Memorandum of Conference with the President on Treaty with Algiers, 11 Mch. 1792, TJ having drawn a line to separate them.