File Papers for the case of Richard Budd v. Joseph Tompkins. On September
1, 1769, Tomkins, Joshua Barns, Abraham Gedney, James McChain, and John Bates made an
agreement with Budd. An action of trespass in which Jay and Livingston represented Budd,
and Kemp argued for Tompkins. Budd claimed that Tomkins had assaulted him on March 15,
1770, with force and arms, wounding him so badly that his life was despaired of and
imprisoned him without cause for six hours until Budd signed an instrument acknowledging
that he had received full satisfaction from Tomkins for all the demands Budd had against
him. Budd brought suit for 500 pounds damages. Tomkins pleaded not guilty to the charges
on November 21, 1770. Trial was held at the White Plains Court House, September 25,
1771. Autograph Letter signed in Jay's hand from Jay and Livingston, as attorneys for
the defendant, to Kempe, attorney for the plaintiff, in the case of Budd v. Tomkins.
Sending a notice of motion to change venue from New York City to Westchester.
Accompanied by correspondence between the attorneys, lists of witnesses, evidence, etc.,
through the trial in Westchester, 27 September 1771. In March, 1770 Richard Budd brought
a case against Joseph Tompkins charging that he had with force and arms at White Plains
assaulted and beaten him and then imprisoned him without any reasonable cause. Jay and
Livingston acted as lawyers for the defendant who pled not guilty. Many of Jay's notes
relating to the case.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
1769 September 1
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