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Mahlon Pitney


Mahlon Pitney, 1858-1924.  Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1912-1922.  Rare Autograph Letter Signed, Yours truly, Mahlon Pitney, two pages, 8" x 11", on his stationery as a Counselor at Law, Dover, New Jersey, July 13, 1886.

Four years into his law practice, the young Pitney writes about obtaining the release of his client's mother's marital interest in landby offsetting the client's claims against her—and asking about the value of her interest "based on the value of the place and her age and expectancy of life."

This letter is in near mint condition.  It has a paper clip impression at the upper left on both pages.  The first page also has negligible paper loss, along with the pencil notation "Associate / Justice U.S. / Suppreme [sic] Court" in another hand, at the upper left and the pencil notation "40" at the lower left.

This letter offers a rare example of Pitney's holograph.  We do not recall seeing another Pitney autograph letter signed over the last 20 years.  His letters are scarce overall, and he is one of the most difficult Supreme Court Justices to acquire autographically.


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