[Declaration Signer] Samuel Chase Letter Signed as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One page, 7.5" x 9.5", Baltimore MD, December 8, 1799. Addressed to Benjamin Ogle, Governor of Maryland, the letter reads in part: "The enclosed papers contain all the official information it is in my power to give your Excellency respecting the Bank Stock . . . no further progress has been made in the business. I expect daily to receive Mr. King's answer to my inquiries." Enclosures not extant. Very boldly signed "Samuel Chase."

    In 1783, Samuel Chase was appointed by the State of Maryland to go to England in an attempt to recover some bank stock which belonged to the former colony. Complicated court proceedings prevented Chase from achieving much success in the matter. Although unclear, we believe Justice Chase may be referring to these bank stocks. It was not until some years later that the problem was settled by Chase's one-time protégé, William Pinkney, who later became the Attorney General of the United States. Interestingly, Chase was the only Supreme Court Associate Justice to be impeached (he was later acquitted by the Senate of all charges).

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