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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1841-1935.  Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1902-1932.  Autograph Letter Signed, O. W. Holmes, 5” x 6½”, with integral leaf attached, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, July 10, 1917.  With original envelope.

Holmes, summering in Massachusetts, graciously declines an invitation from the president of the South Carolina Bar Association to attend the association’s annual meeting.

This letter is a nice example of Holmes’s distinctive hand.  It has some wrinkles, perhaps due to dampness, but there are no stains, and the writing remains strong.  Holmes has also addressed the envelope, which bears forwarding marks and the notation “Mr. Justice Holmes  / U.S. Sup. Ct.” in another hand.  Both the letter and the envelope are in fine condition.

Unframed.

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