Wythe to St. George Tucker, 10 October 1784
George Wythe tells St. George Tucker that he should not think he is being a burden to Wythe. On the contrary, Wythe says that he enjoys the correspondence the two of them have. He apologizes that it took him so long for him to tell this to Tucker, but he had a sore neck for several days which kept him from being able to write the letter. Changing the subject in the second part of the letter, Wythe agrees that a reform in the administration of justice in the county court is necessary, but at the moment he does not have an opinion on the possible remedies suggested by Tucker. Wythe says that when he sees him in Richmond he will discuss the topic more if he thinks of anything that could be useful to Tucker.
Oct. 10th, 1784
[Oct. 10, 1784]
By the specimens you have given, I discover that I shall be no much a gainer, several ways, by a correspondence between us, that a continuance of it can not but be desirable to me. Call not then my dear Sir, the address which you make to me by the appellation of readiness. Much less believe, that what you are pleased to suppose intrusions are tiresome and disagreeable to me.
Your [?] adversions upon commerce I received; and cannot requit myself altogether of my attitude, by neglecting to acknowledge before, the pleasure I felt in perusing them. ingratitude, I say, because you do me the honour to think my approbation of your [?] some kind of gratification. I should not have delayed this return, the only one I could make, from which you could secure advantage, so long, but that it is now but a few days since I have been relieved from an [?] in the neck of which
afflicted me sorely many weeks.
A reform in the administration of justice in the county court is undoubtedly requisite; but of quarterly sessions of [?] courts, or district courts, with [?] salaries to the judges as may incline them to be [?], the scheme you propose, or the establishment of circuit courts, which will be the more eligible remedy, I am at present unable to form an opinion. When I shall have the pleasure to see you in Richmond, if any thing on this subject worth imparting to you in the mean time occurs to me, I will communicate it. I am, unfeignedly,
Your obedient Servant
10 Oct. 1784.