So far no takers on either of my two most recent building trivia questions. The later isn't surprising; that's an absurdly difficult question. The former, though -- it's a building on the campus where we have readers. In fact, I saw on sitemeter that at least one reader from that school visited the blog after I put up the question. Whatever.
But I do have a more substantive and law-related trivia question. This is inspired by the essay on David Rabben's Law's History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History that I'm working on. One of the many, many interesting lines of thought that runs through David's book is a question about the extent to which the Gilded Age was an era of "freedom of contract." (Or so that's how I read it -- this is really a subordinated piece of the story.) So that set me to ask, just when (and what) was the first judicial opinion in the United States to use the phrase "freedom of contract"?