JEFFERSON'S WAR ON THE JUDICIARY
By a singular coincidence Marshall took his seat as Chief Justice at the opening of the first term of Court in Washington, the new capital, on Wednesday, February 4, 1801. The most beautiful of capital cities was then little more than a swamp, athwart which ran a streak of mire named by solemn congressional enactment "Pennsylvania Avenue." At one end of this difficult thoroughfare stood the President's mansion -- still in the hands of the builders but already sagging and leaking through the shrinkage of the green timber they had used -- two or three partially constructed office- buildings, and a few private edifices and boarding houses. Marshall never removed his residence to Washington but occupied chambers in one or other of these buildings, in company with some of the associate justices. This arrangement was practicable owing to the brevity of the judicial term,
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Publication information: Book title: John Marshall and the Constitution:A Chronicle of the Supreme Court. Contributors: Edward S. Corwin - Author. Publisher: Glasgow, Brook. Place of publication: Toronto. Publication year: 1919. Page number: 53.
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