Samuel Chase

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1727 words

Samuel Chase 1743-1811 In the year 1786, at the pressing invitation of his friend, Colonel Howard, he removed from Annapolis to Baltimore. By this gentleman, he was generously presented with a square of ten lots of land, upon a spot in which he erected a house, in which he lived until his death. On his removal from Annapolis, the corporation of that city tendered to him the expressions of their respect, in the following address: "Sir, the mayor, aldermen, and common councilmen of the city of Annapolis, impressed with a due sense of the services rendered to this corporation by you, in the capacity of recorder thereof, do take this occasion to assure you of their entire approbation of your conduct in the performance of the duties of that trust, and to acknowledge your ready exertion, at all times, to promote the interest and welfare of this city, They sincerely regret the occasion of this address, as your removal from the city of Annapolis will deprive this body of a faithful and able officer, and the city of a valuable citizen. You have our warmest wishes for your happiness and welfare.'' To this address, Mr. Chase returned the following answer: "The address of the mayor, aldermen, and common councilmen of this city, presented me this day, affords me just pleasure, as I flatter myself they speak the genuine sentiments of the citizens. As recorder of the city, duty and inclination urged me to enforce due obedience to the by-laws, and assist in the framing of ordinances for the regulating the police of the city. In the discharge of this duty, I ever received the ready assistance of my brethren on the bench, and of the other members of the corporation, and but a small portion of merit is due to me. My abilities have been much overrated by the corporation; I only wish they had been equal to my inclination to serve them. "As one of the delegates of Annapolis, my public powers were exerted on all occasions to promote the interest and welfare of the city; and supported by my colleagues, my endeavors were in some instances crowned with success. I feel myself amply rewarded by the approbation of the body over whom you have the honor to preside. There can be nothing more agreeable

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how samuel chase removed from annapolis to baltimore in 1786 at the invitation of colonel howard. the corporation of that city offered him a square of ten lots of land on which he lived until his death.
  • Opines that mr. chase's address to the mayor, aldermen, and common councilmen of this city afforded him pleasure, as they spoke the genuine sentiments of the citizens.
  • Explains that as a delegates of annapolis, their public powers were exerted on all occasions to promote the interest and welfare of the city, and supported by their colleagues, my endeavors were crowned with success.
  • Wishes the corporation prosperity and sincerely hopes that annapolis may be distinguished for the harmony and friendship, the benevolence and patriotism of its citizens.
  • Explains that mr. chase was appointed the presiding judge of a court of criminal jurisdiction, for the county and town of baltimore, at that time organized. with this peculiarity of views and feelings, he was not without his enemies.
  • Narrates how judge chase exhibited the firmness of his character, in respect of maintaining the dignity of the bench and supremacy of law. the tarring and feathering of two men in the public streets was investigated.
  • Narrates how the sheriff told the judge to take one of the prisoners to jail, but he apprehended resistance. "summon the posse comitatus," said judge chase.
  • Explains that a member of the bar now begged leave to interpose, and requested the judge to waive the commitment. judge chase now directed the parties to meet him tile next day.
  • Explains that the parties in question neglected to give the required security, so the judge dispatched an express to the governor and council, calling them for assistance in the execution of the laws.
  • Narrates how judge chase was appointed as an associate judge of the supreme court in 1796. he was impeached by the house of representatives and tried before the senate, where he escaped condemnation.
  • Explains that the articles of impeachment were founded on certain con-duct of the judge, on different occasions, at philadelphia, richmond, and other places.
  • Opines that judge chase's trial was a severe one, and he continued to exercise his judicial functions unmolested by his enemies.
  • Narrates how in 1811, when his health began to fail, he understood that it was of a nature to bring him to the grave. he spoke of his domestic affairs with great propriety and to his weeping family recommended composure and fortitude.
  • Opines that judge chase was no ordinary man. he possessed an intellect of great power, and a courage which was at all times undaunted. few men were more sincere or more firmly patriotic.
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