FRANK B. KELLOGG - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/28/1931 - HFSID 286537
Sale Price $288.00
FRANK B. KELLOGG
TLS on his law firm letterhead, discussing with another lawyer the verdicts of the World Court, on which he was then serving
Typed Letter signed: "Frank B. Kellogg", 1 page, 8½x11. St Paul, Minnesota, 1931 October 28. On letterhead of the law firm of Kellogg, Morgan, Chase, Carter & Headley to Martin Taylor, c/o Platt, Taylor and Walker, New York City. In full: "I was very glad to receive your letter of October 28th. Of course it is impossible for me to criticize the opinion in the Customs Union case. I am sending you under separate cover a copy of the opinion and if you have the time I should like to have you read the majority opinion and the minority opinion. On the question of whether the Court is ultimately going to pass on political questions, I am enclosing you a copy of the order and my observations made in the case of the dispute over the Free Zones between France and Switzerland. This was a very complicated case and I will not take time to explain it. It is sufficient to say that the Court was not prepared to enter a final judgment, but made an order giving the parties an opportunity to agree between themselves on the settlement of the political questions. While the order does not say that the Court has jurisdiction of political questions, some of the language indicated that that is the holding the majority would ultimately make if this case should again come before the Court. There I may up my mind to state my views, which you will find on page 29. You may keep these as long as you desire, but I wish you would return them because I have only one additional copy of each left and I may need them. I think an agreement is going to be made for the publication of these opinions so the lawyers can get them generally. The opinion in the Free Zones case evidently stirred up the Court a good deal because, very confidentially, it was discussed last winter at a private conference. France and Switzerland have not agreed and there is an indication that the case is coming up before the Court some time next winter for the final judgment. Sincerely yours". Coolidge's Secretary of State from 1925-1929, Frank B. Kellogg (1856-1937) was awarded the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, an agreement signed in 1928 by 15 nations (later agreed to by 64 others) renouncing "war as an instrument of national policy". Kellogg had previously served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Minnesota (1917-1923) and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (1923-1925). From 1930 to 1935, Kellogg was an associate judge on the Permanent Court of International Justice, predecessor of the current International Court of Justice, commonly known as the World Court. The Court rules on questions of international, not national law, and can only address disputes which national governments agree to refer to it. One horizontal 2 vertical fold creases. 2 holes at left edge from hole-punch. Lightly toned and creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise fine condition.
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