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    Edward Everett Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Note Signed. The note is one page with addressing on the verso, 5" x 8", n.d., n.p., declining an invitation, signed in the third person, and addressed by Everett. The earliest letter is one page with addressing and docketing on the verso, 8" x 9.75", July 30, 1828, Boston. The letter is postmarked Boston, July 31, and still retains Everett's black wax seal. The other letter is two pages, front and verso, 8.25" x 10.5", August 7, 1846, Cambridge Massachusetts. All letters are addressed to Mr. John McLean. The last letter discusses the weaknesses shown by McLean's grandson at Harvard University and suggests "that he better not return to Cambridge." All have folds, light chipping, and soiling on the verso, else very good.

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    Edward Everett, Massachusetts politician, delivered a two-hour speech at Gettysburg right before President Lincoln delivered his much shorter - and much more memorable - address on November 19, 1863. John McLean was an American jurist and politician who served in the United States Congress, as U.S. Postmaster General, and as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a frequent candidate for the Whig and Republican nominations for president. Known as "The Politician on the Supreme Court," he associated himself with every party on the political spectrum, moving from a Jackson Democrat, to the Anti-Jackson Democrats, the Anti-Masonic Party, the Whigs, the Free Soilers, and finally the Republicans. Because of his fierce anti-slavery positions, he was considered by the new Republican party as a candidate in 1856. Despite his efforts, the nomination went to John C. Frémont. In 1860, he tried again, winning twelve votes on the first ballot at the Republican convention in Chicago before Abraham Lincoln ultimately received nominated. His fierce dissenting views in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford  are believed to have forced the hand of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney into a harsher and more polarizing opinion than he originally planned.



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