N.B.--Hall had Transcripts and Briefs bound separately before 1878. After that date
Transcripts and Briefs for a particular case are bound together. It is not clear
why the individual Briefs were bound together as they were. Their order is vaguely
chronological, but not consistently so--nor is there evidence of subject
ar-rangement, apart from the uniform contents of Briefs, Vol. 6.
John B. Hall (1821-1906) practised law in Stockton, Calif. from1851 until his death. Hall
was the son of a Hagerstown, Maryland attorney. He studied at St. Johns University and at
the Jefferson Law College after which he was admitted to the Maryland bar (1840). Hall
practised law in Hagerstown for ten years before coming to California (1850) where he
established a practice in San Francisco. Soon afterward, Capt. Charles Weber, founder of
Stockton, hired John B. Hall to handle his legal affairs (1851). Hall then relocated in
Stockton where he remained until his death.
Collection is open for research.