Law Commonplace Book

John Marshallca. 1780

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

While attending law lectures, Marshall collected legal information in this commonplace book. Entries include legal principles and descriptions of previously decided cases. As he listened to lessons from George Wythe, the first American law professor, Marshall also doodled the name of his future wife, Polly.


  • Title: Law Commonplace Book
  • Creator: John Marshall
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Original Source: William & Mary Libraries
  • Rights: John Marshall Papers, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries

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