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    [John Marshall] Supreme Court Justice John McLean Autograph Manuscript Unsigned, His Eulogy Honoring Fellow Justice John Marshall. One page, two-sided, 8" x 12.5", n.p., July 1835. Upon the death of U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, Associate Supreme Court Justice John McLean composed this eulogy. It reads, in part: "The Court feel great satisfaction in directing that the proceedings of the members of the bar, on this melancholy occasion, shall be placed upon their record. It is the highest respect which we can show, officially, to the memory of that exacted citizen whose loss we all most sincerely deplore. For more than six years I have had the honor to e intimately associated with the deceased, in the discharge of public duties; and this association has been more than sufficient to give me the highest admiration and respect for his eminent qualities, professional, intellectual and moral . . . most of all will the loss be felt and deplored by those who were associated with him on that bench, of which he was the distinguished ornament."

    The longest serving chief justice in Supreme Court history, Marshall dominated the Court for over three decades and played a significant role in the development of the American legal system. Most notably, he established that the courts are entitled to exercise judicial review, the power to strike down laws that violate the Constitution. This unsigned manuscript is lightly age toned with minor wear and faint stains along the left edge. Generally fine in condition, this piece would make an excellent addition to any judicial collection.

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