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Fred M. Vinson

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


“The shirt, which Santa Claus delivered at your request, is tops in style . . . "

Frederick Moore Vinson, 1890–1953.  Secretary of the Treasury; Chief Justice of the United States, 1946–1953. Typed Letter Signed, Fred M. Vinson, one page, 5¾" x 7¾", with integral leaf attached, on stationery of the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., January 4, 1950. 

Vinson thanks Justice and Mrs. Tom C. Clark for a Christmas gift.  In full:  “The shirt, which Santa Claus delivered at your request, is tops in style, workmanship and material, and fits perfectly.  I like it very much—thanks a lot. / With kindest personal regards and every good wish for the New Year . . . " 

Vinson has signed in blue fountain pen with his ornate signature.  The letter has one normal fold, affecting nothing, and handwritten notes in another hand, mentioning Vinson's name, on the back of the integral leaf.  It is in fine condition.  

Provenance:  This letter comes from the personal collection of Justice Tom C. Clark, who served on the Supreme Court from 1949 until 1967.  Justice Clark collected the autographs of Supreme Court Justices dating back into the 19th Century, and we are privileged to offer a number of items from his collection. 

Vinsonʼs letters are not particularly common, and internal letters from the Chief Justice to an Associate Justice are scarce, if not rare.  This would be an excellent addition to any Supreme Court or Chief Justices collection.


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