ROGER B. TANEY Original Letter - $290 (Escondido, CA)
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This is an ORIGINAL Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) of ROGER BROOKE TANEY, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in his time. It is dated February 14, 1849. It comes with TWO Certificates of Authenticity (COA's). One is from me, Charles K. Bird, Collector/Dealer in historic memorabilia. The second COA is from "One of a Kind Collectibles" of Coral Gables, FL. There is no doubt that this is an ORIGINAL letter from Roger B. Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and author of the DRED SCOTT DECISION, which was a monumental case (that slaves were the property of their owners) at the time of the Civil War. This decision may have lit the powder keg to start hostilities between the North and the South. The engraved portrait came out of a Harper's Weekly or Frank Leslie's of the Civil War period. He was the Brother-in-Law of FRANCIS SCOTT KEY, author of the National Anthem.
Below is the transcribed letter:
Washington February 14, 1849
Mr Dear Sir
I return you inclosed the note signed in which this moment received. Do you come over this....? My health is better much love to call of you.
L. Major Campbell, Esq.
Taney's handwriting if VERY difficult to understand. This was my best effort to translate it! It may be quite different than what I have written. Who knows?
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