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HARDY, Elias, lawyer, born in 1746; died in St. John, New Brunswick, in 1799. He was practising as a lawyer in New York at the close of the Revolutionary war, and soon afterward settled in St. John, New Brunswick, where he was known as the "London lawyer." At the election of members for the first house of assembly, Mr. Hardy was elected for Northumberland county, and was chosen for St. John in the second house of assembly. In the celebrated slander ease of 1790, in which Mon-son Halt was placed on trial charged with accusing Benedict Arnold with burning his warehouse in order to defraud the company that had insured the property, Mr. Hardy was counsel for the defendant, against whom the jury returned a verdict of two shillings and sixpence damages. He married a daughter of Dr. Peter Huggerford, surgeon in the New York regiment raised by Colonel Beverley Robinson. Several years after her husband's death Mrs. Hardy and her family returned to New York.
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