FARRAR, TIMOTHY Report of the Case of the Trustees of Dartmouth College against William H. Woodward.
Boston: John W. Foster, and West, Richardson, and Lord, . First edition. Publisher's drab paper-covered boards, printed paper spine label, untrimmed. 9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches (24 x 14.5 cm); [iv], 406 pp. Joints weak, some loss to spine ends, boards a bit spotted, light foxing and offsetting throughout, bookplate to front pastedown and contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper.
First edition in original boards of one of the most significant early cases that appeared before the Supreme Court. When Dartmouth College's president was removed by its Trustees, the New Hampshire legislature attempted to invalidate the College's charter and make it a public institution, so that trustees could then be appointed by the governor. However, the Supreme Court ruled that a corporate charter (in this case, one that predated the establishment of the state of New Hampshire) was protected by the contract clause of the Constitution. The decision settled the nature of public versus private charters and resulted in the rise of the American business corporation and the American free enterprise system. Marvin 303; Harvard Law Catalogue 671; Sabin 23887; Shaw & Shoemaker 47960.
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