Richard Peters, an American jurist, born at Blockley, near Philadelphia, Aug. 22, 1744, died there, Aug. 21, 1828. He was educated for the law, but at the breaking out of the revolution became captain of a company of volunteers, and in June, 1776, was appointed by congress secretary of the board of war. On resigning this post in 1781 he was elected to congress, and after the organization of the government he became judge of the United States district court for Pennsylvania, a post which he retained for the rest of his life. The admiralty law of the United States may be said to owe to him its foundation. - His son Eichaed succeeded Mr. "Wheaton as reporter of the United States supreme court, and published " Reports of the United States Circuit Court, Third Circuit, 1803-'18 " (17 vols. 8vo); "Condensed Reports of Cases in the United States Supreme Court, to 1827 " (6 vols. 8vo, 1835); " Digest of Cases in the United States Supreme Court and District Courts to 1847" (2 vols., 1848); and " Case of the Cherokee Nation against the State of Georgia" (1831). He edited "Chitty. on Bills" (1819), and "Washington's Circuit Court Reports, Third Circuit, 1803-'27" (4 vols., 1826-'9).