Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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At the session of the Legislature in May 1814, the following communication from the Hon. STEPHEN MIX MITCHELL, late chief Judge, was received by his Excellency Governour Smith and communicated to both Houses:
"Wethersfield, May 13th, 1814
"I conceive it my duty to inform the Honourable Legislature of the State, that I have arrived at the period of life, which by law renders me ineligible to a seat on the bench of the Superior Court."
"In thus taking leave of public life, I would express my warmest gratitude to the Legislature for the public confidence heretofore reposed in me, and my wishes for the welfare and prosperity of the State; and am,
"With every sentiment of esteem and respect, "Your Excellency's most obedt. and "Very humble serv't.
"STEPHEN MIX MITCHELL."
THE Hon. TAPPING REEVE, one of the Judges of the Superior Court, was thereupon appointed Chief Judge; but no appointment was made to fill the vacancy occasioned by his promotion; so that the Superior Court, and of course the Supreme Court of Errors, for this year, consisted of eight members only.[footer.htm]