Brown v. Maupin

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Brown v. Maupin, Jefferson’s Memorandum Books 214 (1771),[1] was a case for slander involving a runaway enslaved person (Brown). George Wythe served as principal attorney with Thomas Jefferson assisting.

Text of Jefferson's Entry

Jan. 10. William Brown (run away) v. Daniel Maupin (Albemarle). Action for slander to come on next ct. Appear for def. Send for spas. G. W. prin.[2]

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): 1:214.
  2. Jefferson's Memorandum Books, 1:214.