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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. 

Mint condition manuscript Letter Signed, O. W. Holmes, 5" x 8", with integral leaf attached, on stationery of the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., April 24, 1926.

This letter shows Holmes still hard at work at age 85.  Writing to New York lawyer A. Gordon Murray, he defers sitting for a portrait by Murray's wife while the Supreme Court was hearing oral argument of cases. 

Interestingly, A. Gordon Murray, to whom Holmes wrote this letter, was a New York admiralty lawyer.  He represented claimants from the Titanic disaster, including French singer Leontine Pauline (Ninette) Aubart, better remembered as the mistress of American millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, who sought damages totaling $37,220 for her lost possessions and for personal injury.

This letter is in mint condition.  It has one ordinary mailing fold, well removed from the signature.  Holmes has signed it boldly in black.




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