ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SAMUEL NELSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1860 - HFSID 101294
SAMUEL NELSON 1860 sympathy letter - handwritten, signed and dated by Nelson - to E. W. Stoughton about the death of Stoughton's nephew ALS: "S. Nelson", 2 pages, 10x 8 (front and verso). Washington, DC, Dec. 30 1860. Addressed to E. W. Stoughton, Esq.
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1860 sympathy letter - handwritten, signed and dated by Nelson - to E. W. Stoughton about the death of Stoughton's nephew
ALS: "S. Nelson", 2 pages, 10x 8 (front and verso). Washington, DC, Dec. 30 1860. Addressed to E. W. Stoughton, Esq. In part: "We were very much [illegible] surprized (sic) at seeing a notice of the death of Gen. E H Stoughton in Boston, afterwards confirmed by a letter from Judge Curtis. Altho we knew his health was feeble, and that he was in Boston under the care of a physician, our information was that he was not in danger, but rather improve-ing. Hence our surprize (sic). Being justly a great favor-ite of all of you, and, indeed, of all who knew him, we can well appreciate the affliction and distress the event has arroused (sic) to every member of his family, and sincerely sympathize in their afflictions. It is, indeed, a great, and heart felt bereavement, the decease of a near relative and friend, of promise and accomplishment, just entering upon his profession, and the business of life... I have passed known its pangs, and sympathize with its sufferers. But the ways of provi-dence, tho' inscrutable we have been taught all our life take for the best, & which have been our consolation: and I want and hope will be yours..." Neslon lost his grandson in 1866; hence his sympathy for Stoughton. Samuel 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 claims. Lightly toned and creased. Writing is slightly smeared on verso. Random ink stains. Folded three times vertically and unfolded. Small tears along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.
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