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Justice Tom C. Clark Chamber Card ALS After Having Gall Bladder Surgery,  PSA Slabbed and Graded MINT 9

2pp, measuring 6" x 4.5", Washington, D.C., dated August 31, 1974. Signed "Tom C. Clark" and addressed to a recipient only identified as "Bishop". Clark apologizes for not having responded later, writing in full:

"Pardon my delay in answering your inquiry of the 20th. On July 22d I was operated at MASS-General Hospital in Boston for a perforated gall bladder. Mrs. Clark and I only returned this week and found a stack of mail and our secretary on vacation. Excuse my handwriting. There are two quotations that spring to mind:
1. 'Education is the guardian genius of democracy' from a fellow Texan Mirabeau Lamar.
2. 'The strength of a nation is in the intelligent and well ordered house of the people' from Mrs. [Lydia] Sigourney.
I wish you well in your collection. It should prove to be a source of inspiration to our young people."

The letter has been written on Clark's personal chamber card and has been encapsulated and graded MINT 9. With a flattened horizontal fold and small pencil notations. Boldly signed.

Thomas Campbell Clark (1899-1977) was an American lawyer who first served as Attorney General from 1945 to 1949, before becoming an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1949 to 1967. He served in WWI and practiced law in Dallas before being appointed by Harry Truman as his Attorney General.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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