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Robert H. Jackson

Tom C. Clark


From the personal collection of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark


I took the brightest gayest and most gaudy one . . .

Robert Houghwout Jackson (1892-1954), Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1941-1954; chief United States prosecutor, Nuremburg war crimes trials, 1945-1946, and Tom Campbell Clark (1899-1977), Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1949-1967.  Autographed Note Signed by Justice Jackson, Bob, one page, 4" x 5½", accompanied by an Autographed Note by Justice Clark, one page, 4" x ", both on memorandum stationery of the Supreme Court of the United States, no place [Washington, D.C.], no date [circa 1949].

This is an exceptionally rare internal Supreme Court memorandum from Justice Jackson to Justice Clark.  Jackson thanks Clark for the gift of one of Clarkʼs trademark bow ties.  In full:  “Dear Tom  /  I took the brightest gayest and most gaudy one  /  Thanks a lot."  Jackson's unsigned note is accompanied by an unsigned explanatory note by Clark:  “It was a bow tie  /  This is some of Jackson J handwriting for our book."

Justice Clark's note about the “handwriting for our book" refers to the collection of Supreme Court autographs that he was assembling.  He obviously began early in his tenure, since these undated notes are on memo stationery printed “______, 194__,” and Clark did not take office until August 18, 1949. 

These two pieces are in fine to very fine condition.  Jackson has written his note in pencil, and Clark wrote his in black fountain pen.  Jacksonʼs note has two paper clip impressions, one of which affects a word of his writing, and a small red mark in the blank area at the bottom.  Clark's note has a paper clip impression at the top.

The two pieces come with an engraved Supreme Court card bearing Jackson's stamped facsimile signature.

Provenance:  These pieces come from the personal collection of Justice Clark.  We are privileged to offer a number of items from the collection.  Clark kept the collection in sheet protectors, and with most of the items he inserted a white bond paper backing sheet bearing the typed name of the Justice with whose autograph it was stored.  These pieces come with the backing page, which bears the federal eagle watermark and Jacksonʼs typed name.  They are not laid down to the backing sheet. 




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