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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.  Very fine condition legal content Autograph Letter Signed, O. W. Holmes, 4½" x 7", with integral leaf attached, on stationery of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, November 1, 1894.

Holmes writes concerning a case before him.  In full:  I am sorry that I must return this once more.  I do not remember to have assented to issues, as I told you, and it is not a matter of course to grant them on agreement of counsel.  The usual course is to present them to the judge who is to try them.  If for any reason the matter should be attended to now you will have to see me and notify me that issues should be granted.  I say this assuming that I have not passed on the question already which I do not remember having done." 

In our experience, Holmes is very scarce in letters relating to cases before him.  This one, therefore, would be an excellent addition to any Holmes or Supreme Court collection.

This letter is in very fine condition.  It is bright and crisp.  It has a single vertical mailing fold, which does not touch the signature, and former dealer pencil notations in the upper corners of the first page.  Holmes has penned it in black fountain pen.




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