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    Excessively Rare Holograph Letter Signed by Supreme Court Justice, James Iredell. LS, "Ja. Iredell ", one page, 8" x 11", front and verso, [n.p., n.d.], in ink. In full, "I inclose you an application of Joseph F. Anthony of Newbern soliciting the appointment of Midshipman for his son Francis, together with the accompanying papers & ask for them your favorable consideration. I knew Capt. Anthony for several years when we were both young & have seen him occasionally since. He has been for some years a respectable Shipmaster out of the Port of Newbern - during the last war he was first or second officer on board of the Snap-Dragon in (I believe) all her cruises and was highly esteemed by the commander of that Vessel, Capt. Burns - I am very respectfully Your obedient servant. The Hon: Ja. Iredell ". An extremely rare autographed letter from Supreme Court Justice James Iredell, possibly to the first Secretary of the Navy, Ben Stoddert in 1798. Iredell served as Attorney General of North Carolina, as a member of the Council of State in 1787, supported the adoption of the Constitution in the constitutional ratification convention in 1788, and served as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1790 until his death in 1799. Uniform toning, vertical and horizontal folds. Very fine condition.

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