Description[John McLean] Archive of Six Letters, with other items. Containing impressive signatures and historically noteworthy content, this archive spans twenty-five years (1830-1855).
(1) "N. Hale"Autograph Letter Signed. One page, February 17, 1830, Boston, to "My Dear [Edward] Everett" introducing "Joshua Hayward M.D." of Boston. Some foxing; very good.
(2) Edward Everett Autograph Letter Signed "E. Everett". Three pages, May 30, 1830, Washington. This letter introduces to the newly appointed Associate Justice McLean Boston resident Dr. Joshua Hayward, who would later become McLean's devoted son-in-law. The letter goes into great detail about Dr. Hayward. Edward Everett, serving as a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts when this letter was written, later delivered a two hour speech at Gettysburg just before President Lincoln's much shorter "Gettysburg Address". Some foxing; very good.
(3) John McLean Autograph Letter Signed "J", his retained copy entirely in his hand. Two pages, January 7, 1840, Washington, to Secretary of War Joel R. Poinsett on the behalf of a "female friend" and her husband who are in "distress for the means of support". With McLean's docketing on verso. Fine.
(4) Charles Sumner Autograph Letter Signed, docketed on verso by Justice McLean. Two and one-half pages, July 9, 1846, Boston. This is a letter of introduction for "Professor Lieber" to Justice McLean. In part: "Believing that you will be happy to know & welcome a true friend of Judge Story - who loved you so well - I venture to make myself the medium of introduction. Let me introduce to you Professor Lieber, now of Columbia, S.C." Slight discoloration; very good.
(5) Emma Willard Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, December 9, 1853, Troy [New York], thanking John McLean who "awakened my mind to the immediate danger of the country from disunion and in nothing did this more appear than in that address of Calhoun when he said that disunion had already began - by the disruption of religious ties". The letter contains more comments by Ms. Willard, a noted women's rights activist, on Senator John C. Calhoun. Docketed on verso by John McLean, "To be kept for future use". Fine.
(6) James Grant Autograph Letter Signed. One page, July 9, 1855, Davenport, on "Spier Whitaker & James Grant" letterhead notifying Judge McLean about a land dispute. Attorney Grant, who attended Iowa's initial constitutional convention in 1844, became one of the most well-known and wealthy lawyers in the nation. Fine.
Also included: Charles Hayward Document Signed, retained copy docketed on verso by Justice McLean. Three pages, February 14, 1849, Suffolk County [New York], recommending that "Joshua Hayward as a suitable person to be appointed Post Master for the City of Boston". With ribboned notary seal; very good; Ten Calling Cards: 8 of "Miss McLean"; 1 of "Mr. & Mrs. Reverdy Johnson"; 1 of "Madme Calderon de la Barca" (with handwritten information: "For Judge & Mrs. McLean/ at Home on Saturday Mornings/ Wednesday Evgs until [?]/ 3rd of Febry"). Very good.
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