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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed "U.S. Grant." Three pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", Washington, D.C.; December 3, 1869. Writing on Executive Mansion letterhead, Grant writes to his U.S. Attorney, Edwards Pierrepont concerning the appointment of a new Circuit Judge. He writes, in full: "Your letter saying that it was understood that Judge Woodruff's age would exclude him from the appointment of Circuit Judge is received. As I understand, the Judge is just sixty, and of robust constitution and vigorous intellect. He may not be appointed, but if he is not it will be from other considerations. I say to you in confidence that if I was to make the appointment to-day Judge W. would receive it. Whether I shall have anything to make me prefer either of the other distinguished gentlemen named in connection with the office, before next Tuesday, or not, I can not know. I would be pleased to hear anything you have to say on the subject, and if it is not asking too much of you, I would like to see you here on Sunday or Monday." The letter is accompanied by with a transmittal envelope addressed in another hand with a franking signature by Grant's personal secretary Horace Porter. The envelope has a cancellation stamp dated December 20, and may be from another letter to Pierrepont.

    Grant would go on to appoint Lewis Bartholomew Woodruff as a federal judge of the Second U.S. Circuit Court, on December 8, 1869. Woodruff was confirmed by the Senate on December 22 and served until his death in 1875.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, with light toning down central fold and at edges. A pencil notation is made at the top left corner of front. Inner pages have minor spots of ink transference. Otherwise very fine.

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