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Nathan Clifford, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, ALS Re: "taking my seat on the Supreme Court"

1p autograph letter signed by Nathan Clifford (1803-1881), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, as "Nathan Clifford" at lower right. Written in Portland, Maine on August 28, 1875. On a single leaf of stationery with a blind embossed "C" at top. A few words located along the right edge are slightly smeared, including the "d" of Clifford's signature. Isolated foxing, expected light paper folds, and minor mounting traces verso. Else very good to near fine. 4.375" x 6.875." Provenance: From the famous Supreme Court collection of Scott Petersen.

Six weeks before returning to Washington, D.C. to retake his "seat on the Supreme Court," Associate Justice Clifford requested that his landlord or hotelier renovate his living quarters.

Transcribed in full, with unchanged punctuation:

"Portland August 28 1875

Dear Sir:

I intend to reach Washington Friday October 8th in the afternoon preparatory to taking my seat on the Supreme Court on Monday Oct 11. I hope you will have our room in good order. Mr Charles we ought to have a new chandelier and I think the mirror should be repaired and the plastering overhead.

Respects to all Yours Truly

Nathan Clifford."

Clifford served on the U.S. Supreme Court between 1858-1881. His pro-Southern, pro-state's rights policies complicated the Court's decisions in the years immediately before, during, and after the Civil War.

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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