Beckham v. Philips

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Beckham v. Philips, 1 Jefferson's Memorandum Books 279 (1772),[1] involved a case in which Thomas Jefferson replaced George Wythe.

Text of Jefferson's Entry

[1771] Nov. 5. Beckham v. Philips. Recd. of Mr. Pendleton 50/.[2]
[1772] [Dec.] 29. (Beckham v. Philips. Charge the fee. See Nov. 5. 1771)
Henry Beckham ( ) v. Josephus Philips and Nicholas Porter. A caveat of G. W.'s which he desired me to finish for him 1768. June. 18. Same day took N. S. Pd. Walthoe 5/9. — Aug. 10. inclosd. Sum. to sher. Orange — 1769 June 15. wrote to E. P. that I hd. obtd. ord. conc. — 1771. Nov. 5. recd. by E. P. 50/ — never charged till now because in those cases of G. W.'s I menat to charge nothing which was not voluntarily offd.[3]

See Also


  1. Thomas Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd Series, James A. Bear, Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997): 1:279.
  2. Jefferson's Memorandum Books, 1:243.
  3. Jefferson's Memorandum Books, 1:279.