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Lorri Glover
Jessica Lowe

Lowe on Glover, 'The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution'

Lorri Glover. The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. 204 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4214-2002-8.

Reviewed by Jessica Lowe (University of Virginia School of Law)
Published on H-SHEAR (June, 2017)
Commissioned by Robert P. Murray

When Virginia Created America

Antebellum Attorney General with foreign entities as clients?

The antebellum Attorney General was allowed to have private clients. Does anyone know of any cases where the AG (in a private capacity) represented (in the Supreme Court or any U.S. court of record) a foreign state, foreign government instrumentality, foreign government agency, foreign government-affiliated entity (including a foreign government-affiliated commercial entity), or a foreign (civilian or military) government official, officer, or employee (on behalf of that foreign government)?

Thomas Jefferson, Congress, and Gifts?

Query: Lewis & Clark brought back several gifts from Indian tribes. Some of these gifts entered Thomas Jefferson's collection at Monticello, and TJ describes these gifts in his own writings as diplomatic gifts. Of course, TJ received/accepted them while he was President.

TJ also received a diplomatic (through the American consul in Russia: Levett Harris) from Emperor (Tsar) Alexander I. It was a bust of Alexander I. TJ also received and accepted this gift while President.