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The law professor and future Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court writes to noted historian Evarts B. Greene, giving his "formal assent to the 'general soundness of the plan as so far outlined.…"

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The law professor and future Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court writes to noted historian Evarts B. Greene, giving his "formal assent to the 'general soundness of the plan as so far outlined.'"
Typed Letter Signed: "Felix Frankfurter", 1p, 8x10½. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1930 March 7. On letterhead of Law School of Harvard University to Professor Evarts B. Greene, Columbia University, New York City. In full: "I have yours of the 5th. I enclose herewith a copy of a letter I wrote to Morris under date of February 11th which I meant to be an expression of my approval of the work agreed upon between you and Morris. If formality be desired, please regard this letter as formal assent to the 'general soundness of the plan as so far outlined.' Of course, I highly approve of the arrangements you propose for securing the services of Mr. Morris. As the work progresses, I assume you will enlist with Morris not only the technical judgment of a historian, but also the technical advice of some such legal scholar as John Dickinson. Sincerely yours". American historian and author EVARTS BOUTELL GREENE, who joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1923, was named the first De Witt Clinton Professor of History at the institution, where he served as department chairman from 1926 until his retirement in 1939 (the year that Frankfurter was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court). The author of a number of historical works, in 1929, the year before this letter, Greene had published, with RICHARD M. MORRIS, A Guide to the Principal Sources for Early American History (1600-1800) in the City of New York. Greene was the great-great-grandson of U.S. "Founding Father" Roger Sherman. JOHN DICKINSON was affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Law School. FELIX FRANKFURTER (1882-1965), who would serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1939-1962, was a member of the Harvard Law School faculty from 1914-1939. His liberal reputation was derived from his many involvements: Frankfurter helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920, and he actively supported the Zionist movement and labor unions. Frankfurter also served as advisor to President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference (1919) and advised Franklin D. Roosevelt during both his governorship and presidency. FDR appointed Frankfurter to the Supreme Court in 1939. While on the Court, Frankfurter emphasized the Court's function to base all opinions on constitutional law rather than personal opinion. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at upper margin. Fine condition.

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