ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SAMUEL NELSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/08/1860 - HFSID 254697
Sale Price $595.00
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Nelson wrote this letter in 1860 to arrange a visit by the recipient.
Autograph letter signed "S. Nelson". 4 pages, 4x6½, one sheet folded, front and verso. Cooperstown, New York, June 6, 1860. Addressed to "E. W. Stoughton". In full: "I have [illegible] of postponing the court till July, some time after the 4th, as soon as maybe - the reason is that the [illegible]shall will [sic] be [illegible] here on the 20th and continues for two weeks - The accommodation will not be as good as after the [illegible] court adjourns, and the courtroom will not be at our service - It is a matter of no moment to me, but I think it would be more pleas-ant for all to postpone the meeting till after the court - If postponed, remember, it is not be interfere with the [illegible] & [illegible] to make our hour - [illegible] home while here - we shall be prepared and expect you - my son Willie and his wife wired to the farm yesterday, and this morning Annie left for Troy to make her [illegible] there [illegible] for Mrs. S. and I myself came here - Mrs. N. & my-self are alone - The farm is looking beautiful - We shall be glad of the opportunity of the [illegible] to your-self & Mrs. S. Mrs. N sends her best regards to Mrs, S as does also Your friend". Nelson (1792-1873), who had made a name for himself as an attorney, was a circuit judge (1823-1831) and Associate (1831-1837) and Chief Justice (1837-1845) of the Supreme Court of New York before being appointed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Tyler in 1845. Serving until resigning due to illness in 1872, Nelson was involved in the historic Dred Scott case, and he was appointed by President Grant to serve on the joint high commission that arbitrated the Alabama claimsin 1871. Lightly toned and creased. Handwriting and signature have smeared and bled lightly but are legible. Show-through touches handwriting but not signature. Ink transfer, not near signature. Fold creases through "S" of signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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