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    William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed. Five pages on Department of Justice letterhead, 8" x 10.5". Washington, D.C.; April 16, 1890. A long letter to his life-long friend and Yale classmate Clarence Kelsey thanking him for his congratulations on the birth of his son and his appointment to the post of Solicitor General of the United States for the Sixth Circuit. A heartfelt letter reflecting his views on family and the law. In very small part: "Exercising upon this question my judicial function, and ridding myself entirely of prejudice, I am bound to say that he is the finest seven month old boy in the country... Babies are a great thing in the household, and the amount of space that a little fellow can occupy, not only in the hearts of his parents, but in their house, no one can appreciate until he has had actual experience..." He shares his nostalgia for his old position as a Superior Court judge: "...Had I consulted my personal pleasure and comfort, and that of my wife and family, as well as my financial condition, I should not have resigned... the judicial work was of such a variety as to make it as pleasant a judicial position as there is in the country. We had no criminal jurisdiction; no divorce business; no bastardy business, and nothing but what presented most interesting questions of commercial and general civil law..." But he looks forward to his new role: "The duty of this position is confined to writing opinions in response to questions of law propounded by the various members of the Cabinet and the President, and to representing the Government in cases before the Supreme Court. The opportunity for three years practice before that court, in the important cases which the Government will have, as one that does not often come to a lawyer of my age and practice at the bat, and I felt that notwithstanding the advantages of the position on the bench which I have detailed to you, it was my duty to accept the opportunity thus afforded..." A great content letter foreshadowing his eventual appointment to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Typed on thin onion skin paper, with flattened folds. All pages have a tiny tear at left side, just below the central horizontal fold. With a few holographic emendations.

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