ASSOCIATE JUSTICE BENJAMIN R. CURTIS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/27/1846 - HFSID 283564
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BENJAMIN R. CURTIS
Supreme Court Justice Benjamin R. Curtis wrote this letter to Elliot C. Cowdin, a New York state assemblyman and co-founder of the Union Club of New York, from Boston in 1846. In it, he says that he didn't expect payment for a lecture and that Cowdin should instead give it to a library.
Autograph letter signed "B. R. Curtis". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, addressed on verso. Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 27, 1846. Addressed to Mr. Elliot C. Cowdin. In full: "Dear Sir I received last evening your note enclosing a check for 25$ in for my lecture. I was not aware that it is usual to pay lecturers, and I made this one without any expectation of pecuniary compensation. I think however it is a proper practice & I am not willing to depart from it. I therefore accept the compensation, & beg you will do me the favor to hand the check to the comee on the library to be expended in such books as they may select. Your subject.". Import/export merchant ELLIOT C. COWDIN (1819-1880) was a member of the New York state assembly in 1877 and co-founded of the Union League Club of New York, a pro-Union social club, during the American Civil War in 1863. BENJAMIN R.CURTIS (1809-1874, born in Watertown, Massachusetts) served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court until he resigned in 1857. Curtis, who had written one of the two dissenting opinions in the 1857 Dred Scott case, resigned due to the bitter feelings engendered by the case. One of the nation's leading lawyers, Curtis was Chief Counsel to Andrew Johnson at the President's impeachment trial in 1868. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Show-through from wax seal remnant on verso touches body of letter but not signature. ¾x1¼ cut and light tear in left edge of letter on verso (no show-through). Random ink stains. Folded twice horizontally and vertically. Folds are discolored on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition.
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