Wylie, Andrew. Papers, 1854-1886 Finding Aid.
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Location: Harvard Depository
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Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Andrew Wylie papers
Quantity: 6 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers relating to Wylie's legal practice and his work as judge of the Supreme Court
of the District of Columbia.
The Papers of Andrew Wylie, attorney and judge, were presented to the Harvard Law
School Library as a gift by Judge Wylie's grandson, Mr. Craig Wylie, editor, Houghton
Mifflin Co., Boston. The papers were transferred over a span of years, the last transfer
being made on December 26, 1973.
Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, January 1974.
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The Papers of Andrew Wylie (1814-1905) span the years 1854 to 1886. They include correspondence; legal and financial documents; notes; memoranda; transcripts; and newspaper clippings.
The Papers relate to Andrew Wylie's legal practice and to his work as a Judge of
the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Attorney's papers (1854-1859) consist
of correspondence with clients and prospective clients. Judge Wylie apparently specialized
in financial litigation, and the letters reflect his clients' business problems. Letters
are chronological in sequence, and were originally pasted in three separate letter
books. All letters are incoming mail; there are no copies of outgoing letters.
The judicial papers include some of Judge Wylie's legal opinions in cases of public
interest, trial notes, drafts, briefs, memoranda, notes on authorities, and correspondence
relating to these cases. Some of the more interesting cases in which Judge Wylie wrote
for the Court and which are represented in these Papers are United States v. Baker
(1864) and the so-called Star-Route Trial (1883).
- 1-1 to 2-13. Opinions, trial notes, drafts, etc.: manuscripts
Opinions, trial notes, drafts, memoranda, correspondence, briefs, holograph wills,
newspaper clippings of texts of opinions, statement of cases, indictments, charges
of the Court, plaintiff's evidence in rebuttal, railroad bonds, Habeas Corpus, notes
of authorities on various subjects such as contempt of court
- 2-14 to 3-17. Briefs, opinions, actions, etc.: printed and manuscripts
Briefs, opinions, trial notes, actions, bills of complaint, exceptions, arguments,
records, appeals, bills in equity, indictments
- 3-18. Brown v. McMurray
Date: circa 1872
- 3-19. The Capital Publishing Co. v. George Hill Jr.
- 4-1. Criminal Court, March Term 1878: notes of trials
- 4-2 to 4-3. Kilbourn v. Kerr
- 4-4 to 4-7. "Soscol Ranch" case in California
- 4-8 to 4-10. United States v. Baker
- 4-11. Star Route trials
vol. 1: p. 1 - 890
vol. 2: p. 891 - 1776
This is the transcript of the trial proceedings, Dec. 7, 1882 - Feb. 2, 1883
Folder was marked: Second Star-Route Trial, Charge of the Court, Hon. Andrew Wylie,
June 12, 1883
- 5-1 to 5-4. Legal correspondence
- 5-5 to 5-8. Legal correspondence
- 5-9 to 5-11. Law business letters
- 5-12. Newspaper reports of decisions by Judge Andrew Wylie
- 5-13. Personal letters received by Andrew Wylie, mainly requests for information, for job
One letter, not by or to Judge Wylie, dated
- 5-14. Miscellany
These are items found in two printed volumes [in MS Box 6] of trial transcript of
United States v. Dorsey, Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Clippings relate to earlier "Star Route" trial (acquittal of Soltedo, Nov. 1882);
also included are two holograph letters addressed to Wylie, 1876 and 1888, and one
promissory note, 1847
- 6. United States v. Dorsey [Conspiracy case]
Vols. 1 and 2 of the printed "Proceedings in the Trial," one of the so-called "Star
Route" cases that came before Judge Wylie in the Supreme Court of the District of
Columbia. Volumes stamped on spine: "Record of the Star Route Trials. Andrew Wylie."
Washington, 1882. V. 3 of this set missing [complete set in Library's Trial section]
[not placed in folders]. [Each vol. marked in pencil: Gift of Wylie, 5/27/1975]
United States -Trials, litigation, etc.
Wylie, Andrew, 1814-1905.