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Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

U.S. Supreme Court Justices
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Lot 237
Brandeis, Louis D. Autograph Letter Signed ("Warren & Brandeis"). One page, quarto, Boston, May 5, 1882. On "Warren & Brandeis/Counsellors at Law" letterhead. To W.L. Putnam, Esq (surely William Le Baron Putnam, noted attorney and jurist, a Mayor of Portland and an appeals court judge). Transmittal folds, minor toning and very minor foxing. Fine.

Brandeis writes: "…We will immediately consult Mr. Emery and our other clients concerning Mr. Hamlin (this is probably Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's Vice President, or his son Charles, both of whom where active lawyers at the time) the R.R. office at Bangor would, we fear, be a very convenient place for Mr. Emery and us. We desire to make an examination of the books before taking any testimony at Bangor…Awaiting your further favor." A fine example of Brandeis as a young lawyer, which also points out the elevated circles in which that young Boston lawyer practiced as he moved to the top of his profession.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 238
Cardozo, Bejamin (1870-1938) American jurist and legal essayist, Cardozo served as Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court from 1932-1938. As an appellate judge, particularly during his time with the New York State Court of Appeals (1914-1932), Cardozo helped steer the process to a greater involvement with public policy. As a Supreme Court Justice, Cardozo supported the New Deal policies of President Roosevelt, writing the majority opinion supporting the Social Security Act. One of the most influential jurists and legal scholars of the 20th century.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Benjamin N Cardozo"). Two pages, octavo, New York City, August 21, 1930. On Bar Building letterhead. To Dr. Henry Hurwitz. Accompanied by a 5 x 7" black and white photo of Justice Cardozo. One horizontal fold, minor edge wear, insignificant age toning, some paper clip scratches and soiling at upper left corner, else, very good to fine condition.

Thanking Doctor Hurwitz for sending him "a copy of Dr. North's biographical jottings", the noted jurist reveals his concern for society; "I feel very deeply the significance of what he says. It would be a tragedy if his delightful humor did not give it a strain of comedy. Who would not join a 'conspiracy' to rectify such wrongs? But perhaps what is needed is a little short of a transformation of humanity."
Estimated Value $500 - 750.
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Lot 239
Cardozo, Benjamin. Typed Letter Signed ("Benjamin N. Cardozo"). One page, quarto, New York, June 15, 1932. On Supreme Court letterhead. To Ida Corey. One horizontal and two vertical folds. Fine.

A brief, but interesting letter with an interesting statement from such a committed and hard-working jurist: "…I am at a loss to state the incentive or inspiration of my life. I doubt if it has been anything beyond the obvious of doing the day's work."
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 240
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr (1841-1935) Supreme Court Justice for over 30 years. Dedicated to the idea of "judicial restraint" and the notion that the facts and only the facts should decide a case, Holmes was convinced that the law should change with the society it governed.

Autograph Note Signed ("OW Holmes"). One page, 5 x 3", Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, July 5, 1928. To Miss Ida Corey. A brief note regarding his father's autograph and manuscripts, signed "Respectfully Yours". Minor abrasions at top corners, else fine.
Estimated Value $125 - 175.
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Lot 241
Warren, Earl. Typed Letter Signed ("Earl Warren"). As Governor of California. One page, quarto, Sacramento, California, March 5, 1951. On "Earl Warren / Sacramento, California" letterhead. To James Peter Arnold. Mailing folds, minor wrinkling at edges, otherwise, very good to fine.

Governor Warren thanks Mr. Arnold for his good wishes on the recovery of Warren's daughter and his observations "…regarding the governments of England and the United States…"
Estimated Value $175 - 200.
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Lot 242
  Brandeis and Stone. Lot of two signatures. "Harlan F. Stone" signs on a Supreme Court card and "Louis D. Brandeis" signs on a 3¾ x 2¼" card. Minor toning, otherwise both pieces are in fine condition. Two of the most influential jurors of the 20th century.
Estimated Value $75 - 100.
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Lot 243
  Five Supreme Court Justices. Lot of five signatures: "Owen J. Roberts", "Geo. Sutherland", "Charles E. Hughes", "J.C. McReynolds", "Willis VanDevanter". Roberts, Sutherland and VanDevanter have signed on Supreme Court cards, McReynolds signs on a Supreme Court memorandum sheet and Hughes signs on the verso of his calling card. There is very minor toning to all of the pieces, but conditions range from very good to fine.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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