CHIEF JUSTICE MORRISON R. WAITE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1876 - HFSID 84887
Sale Price $510.00
MORRISON R. WAITE
Morrison R. Waite sends an autograph letter asking a soldier to appear after he gets his legal matters taken care off.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M.R. Waite" as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 2p, 4½x6, separate sheets. Washington, D.C., 1876 January 22. On sheet imprinted with a coat of arms to R.G. Watson, Esqr. Begins: "My dear Mr. Watson". In full: "Were it not that your going from us signifies promotion to yourself, I should feel like trying the effect of my ne exeat against your Queen's command. As it is, I must content myself with the hope that we may again, in due time, see you here in some position suited to your new rank. Very sincerely Yrs". Ne exeat republica is a legal term regarding the chancery court's control over debtors. Waite uses it here to suggest that Watson is indebted to the Court and should not leave the state without the Court's permission. Morrison Remick Waite (1816-1888), an Ohio legislator (state House of Representatives, 1850) and founder of the Republican Party, gained prominence as a U.S. representative on the Geneva Arbitration Panel, resolving claims against Britain arising from the Civil War. Appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1873, he served until his death. Waite, who generally supported broad regulatory powers of state governments and strict interpretation of the Reconstruction Era civil rights legislation, wrote the decision upholding criminalization of polygamy in Utah. Lightly creased with folds, mid-horizontal fold at the upper loops of the "M", "R", "W" and "t" of signature. Stray ink mark at upper blank margin of first page, which has pencil erasures at upper right corner. Fine condition.
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