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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DAVID D. DAVIS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/18/1872 - HFSID 88390

DAVID DAVIS Justice Davis writes to a friend in 1872 Autograph Letter Signed: "David Davis" as Associate Justice, 1p, 5x8. Washington, (1872) March 18. (To New York lawyer E.W. Stoughton).

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DAVID DAVIS
Justice Davis writes to a friend in 1872
Autograph Letter Signed: "David Davis" as Associate Justice, 1p, 5x8. Washington, (1872) March 18. (To New York lawyer E.W. Stoughton). In full: "The clerk says 147 & 148 will not be reached until about the 1st of April-Judge Curtis is I believe in the cases with you-& he is now here & will doubtless keep watch and advise you. By the end of the week, I sh'd think, I can learn something more definite. I want to see you & will defer my talk until I see you-Our Hotel has fallen off & I can't recommend it for Mrs Stoughton sh'd she come with you. Please present me most kindly to Mrs S-Do you hear any change of Judge Nelson? I have no hope of ever seeing him again in Washington. I hope his life may be spared for many years & with health enough to enjoy the Society of his family & friends." Docketed on verso, probably by Stoughton: "Judge Davis/March 18/72." Associate Justice Benjamin R. Curtis, appointed by Fillmore in 1851, had resigned from the Court in 1857, protesting the way the Dred Scott case was handled. He returned to a successful career as a lawyer. Associate Justice Samuel Nelson, appointed by Polk in 1845, resigned from the Court eight months later, on November 28, 1872, and died December 13, 1873. From 1848 to 1862, Davis (1815-1886) presided over the renowned Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, famous because Abraham Lincoln practiced in its courts. An intimate of Lincoln (they often bunked together when traveling the circuit), Davis successfully managed Lincoln's campaign to secure the Republican nomination for the presidency in Chicago in 1860. Davis was appointed by President Lincoln as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1862, serving until he resigned in 1877 to become Senator from Illinois (1877-1883).Multiple mailing folds. Edges lightly toned. Fine condition.





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