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    Justice Joseph Story writes to Henry A.S. Dearborn, "Real independence is to be acquired only by endeavouring to cultivate within ourselves as far as we can the arts of peace & the arts of war."

    Joseph Story Autograph Letter Signed, "Joseph Story", dated August 13, 1816, Salem [Massachusetts], one page, 7.75" x 9.75". To Henry A. S. Dearborn, the son of the former United States Secretary of War, who had worked in Story's Salem law office before being admitted to the Massachusetts bar. At the time of this letter, Dearborn was collector of customs in Boston, after having served as Brigadier General commanding the Volunteers in the defense of Boston Harbor in the War of 1812. Story's letter reads in part: "I received your translation of the French Treatise on Pastel... I have felt it my duty to acknowledge in a more permanent manner my obligation to you for your kind and valuable present...warm thanks of all who feel interested in the agricultural and manufacturing establishments of our country. Real independence is to be acquired only by endeavouring to cultivate within ourselves as far as we can the arts of peace and the arts of war." Docketed by Dearborn on verso. Clear, dark script. Paper professionally strengthened and repaired to fine condition with the usual folds.
    In November 1811, at the age of thirty-two, Joseph Story became, by President Madison's appointment, the youngest appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a record he continues to hold today.


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