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S. Supreme Court versus the States If the legislatures of the several states may, at will, annul the judgments of the Courts of the United States, and destroy the rights acquired under those judgments, the constitution itself becomes a solemn mockery, and the nation is deprived of the means of enforcing its laws by the instrumentality of its own tribunals. When Judge Peters began process against Elizabeth Sargeant and Esther Waters, Rittenhouse’s daughters and surviving heirs, who controlled the state’s share of the funds from the sale of the Active, Governor Simon Snyder called out the state militia under the leadership of General Michael Bright, which surrounded the home where the daughters now lived and prevented the federal marshal from delivering the writ.
The new owners claimed the tax immunity, and the state legislature responded by rescinding the 1758 grant and assessing a tax on the new proprietors. The legal dispute that followed was taken to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which upheld the legislature’s action. S. S. Constitution, and ruled that the tax immunity continued in effect. New Jersey made no formal response to the Court’s decision. S. Supreme Court during this period came in the case of Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee (1816). It was a landmark decision that established an important precedent and triggered a major controversy with the state of Virginia over the constitutionality of section 25 itself.
Peck. What little controversy the outcomes engendered was pushed aside by the preoccupation with the events that led to the War of 1812, by the difficulties in fighting that war, and for political reasons. 31 32 AGGRESSIVE NATIONALISM The war itself, to be sure, strengthened the cause of nationalism, but it was not until after its end that this nationalism found its most concrete and specific manifestations. And of these, by far the most important, far-reaching, and controversial issue for the next two decades was the creation of what has come to be known as the Second Bank of the United States (2BUS).