In 1795 Justice Iredell had Dinner with Mr. Hylton in Richmond

December 14th, 2011

Iredell reveled in the social opportunities that circuit riding often presented. In 1795 he wrote from Richmond: I receive great civilities and distinction here. I dined the other day with Mr. Hylton, and in the evening went with his wife and daughter to the play (“As you like it”), which was very indifferently performed, except by a Mrs. West, formally Mrs. Bignall, who is really a pleasing actress. . . . They have a neat little theatre.

I wonder if this is the same Hylton the subject of Ware v. Hylton, decided by the Supreme Court in 1796, in which Iredell penned the controlling opinion? Coincindentally, John Marshall represented Hylton in this case.

H/T Cushman, Clare (2011). Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History (Kindle Locations 227-231). Rowman & Littlefield. Kindle Edition.