Benjamin Curtis Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages including integral address leaf, on blue stationery, recto only, 7.75" x 9.75", Boston, February 27, 1846. Curtis writes to Mr. Elliot C. Cowden regarding a check that he received in payment for a lecture he had given. Red wax seal on integral address leaf; small paper loss at seal opening. Very fine condition.

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    In part: "... I was not aware that it is usual to pay lecturers, and I made this one without any expectation of pecuniary compensation." Curtis then requests that Cowden "hand the check to the committee on the library, to be expended in such books as they may select." Signed "B.R. Curtis."

    Curtis was the Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court (1851 - 57) who resigned in protest after the controversial Dred Scott decision. Served as chief council during Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial.

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