Description[Mexican-American War] Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John McLean Autograph Draft Letter Unsigned. Two pages, two-sided, approximately 8" x 10", Washington, D.C., January 1848. An American jurist and politician, McLean served in the United States Congress, as U.S. Postmaster General, and as a justice on the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts.
Exceptional draft letter regarding the American war with Mexico, thoughtfully written by Associate Justice John McLean. In part: "I have never hesitated to express my opinion on all proper occasions, in relation to the present War with Mexico. In my judgment it was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally commenced by marching our army into disputed territory, in the possession of Mexico. And I think that Congress, who unquestionably have the power, should terminate the war on just and honorable principles." McLean then goes on to discuss ways in which the government can raise money to pay for the costs of the war. Letter is in very fine condition.
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