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Advising on a private legal matter, he can explain why a woman has rejected an offer.
Autograph Letter signed: "Benjamin Harris Brewster", 1 page, 5x8. Walnut Street [Philadelphia], 1879 October 8. To "Dear Sir", in full: "I have seen Mrs. Couling today. She declines the offer made by you for your friend. Suppose you see me & advise further about this. I can explain her views to you. I am with respect". Docketed on verso. Benjamin Harris Brewster (1816-1888) was appointed by President Polk (1846) to adjudicate Cherokee Indian claims against the US Government. He was Attorney General of Pennsylvania (1867-1868) and later US Attorney General under President Arthur (1882-1885). Brewster is remembered for saying: "A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500." Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Pencil note at top margin (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 13, 1816 in Salem, New Jersey
Died: April 4, 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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