PRINTED BROADSIDE LETTER SIGNED, FROM JOHN SHEPLEY, SACO [MAINE], TO HON. LUTHER FITCH, PORTLAND, MAINE: SACO, OCT. 12, 1841| DEAR SIR - HAVING BEEN APPOINTED REPORTER OF DECISIONS, OF THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT, FOR A SECOND TERM OF FOUR YEARS, IN 1840, BY A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL, WITHOUT OPPOSITION OR OBJECTION, AND HAVING BEEN REMOVED FROM THE OFFICE AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE YEAR'S ASCENDANCY OF THE OPPONENTS OF DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND DEMOCRATIC MEN, I TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, THAT WITHOUT DIFFERENCE OF OPINION AMONG OUR POLITICAL FRIENDS, THE GENTLEMAN WHO HAS THUS SUSPENDED ME, WILL NOT BE CONTINUED IN OFFICE LONGER THAN THE POWER OF HIS POLITICAL ASSOCIATES LASTS. TO DISCHARGE THE VERY RESPONSIBLE DUTIES OF REPORTER, A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF LAW, GREAT ACCURACY, AND THE MOST UNREMITTING INDUSTRY ARE NECESSARY. IN THE LATTER RESPECT, IT SEEMS TO ME, THAT I WAS NOT FOUND DEFICIENT DURING THE TIME I HELD THE OFFICE. IT HAS DEMANDED AND RECEIVED SO MUCH OF MY TIME, THAT I HAVE UNAVOIDABLY LOST MOS
by Shepley, John
Folio sheet, folded to 8" x 10".  pp, blue paper. Printed on first page using different typesettings, ink signature of Shepley. Two interior pages blank, addressed on last page to "Hon. Luther Fitch Portland, Maine" with red wax seal remnant. Old folds, Very Good.
John Shepley [1787-1857], became a lawyer and moved to Saco. He was the publisher of the Maine Court Reports and Reporter of Sessions in the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine from 1832 to 1841. His plea for restoration was evidently successful, because he again served in that position from 1842 to 1850. [THE AMERICAN ALMANAC AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE YEAR 1858. Boston: 1857. Page 359.]
Luther Fitch [1783-1870] is listed in the 1840 United States Federal Census as a judge of the Maine Municipal Court. (Inventory #: 31040)