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William J. Brennan, Jr.

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William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906-1997.  Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States.  Scarce Autographed Note Signed with initials, Sincerely / WJBJr., Washington, D.C., no date [June 1980].  With original envelope addressed, for hand delivery, in another hand.

Brennan writes on an engraved Supreme Court card to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Michael Rodak, Jr., to send condolences on the death of his father.  In full:  “Dear Mike / I was saddened to hear just now from the Chief that your father died yesterday.  Please accept from Mrs. Brennan and myself our deepest sympathy."

Pieces such as this are very difficult to find, for two reasons.  First, Brennan is scarce in holographic pieces.  Much of the Brennan material available consists of short typed letters, often sending his autograph, and souvenir pieces such as signed covers or cards.  Second, this piece offers a rare inside glimpse at the personalities of the Supreme Court.  

Brennan has penned and signed this note boldly in blue ballpoint.  It is in extra fine condition—absolutely pristine.  The accompanying envelope has been opened without being torn.  It has file holes in the flap but overall is in fine to very fine condition.




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