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    Oliver Wendell Holmes thanks the doctor who saved his wounded son during a Civil War battle.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Autograph Letter Signed and Book Signed. A remarkable letter signed "O. W. Holmes", two pages, 4.5" x 6", Boston, November 17, 1875, written to Doctor William Hunt who saved the life of Holmes' son after he was wounded in combat during the Civil War. In part: "My son, who with myself will always recall your kind attentions with gratitude, is now married and a lawyer . . . I think that they will tell you that he has proved himself worth the trouble you took to save him. The five bullet marks, left by three balls, remain as honorable trophies. . ." Holmes' son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., eventually served on the Supreme Court. Toned and fine. This letter has been neatly tipped into a later edition of Holmes' The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, [1860]. Holmes inscribed the front endpaper, "Dr. William Hunt/ With the grateful acknowledgment of/ Oliver Wendell Holmes." Has bookplate of Jerome and Carrie Hanauer on front paste-down endpaper. Some discoloration along spine and head, else fine.

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