Salmon P. Chase Two-Page Autograph Letter Signed Requesting Docket Fees
signedAutograph Letter Signed (ALS)
by Chase, Salmon P.
Cincinnati, OH. Good. 1835. Autograph Letter Signed (ALS). Two page autograph letter signed by Salmon P. Chase requesting the payment of docket fees from a recent case. The letter, most likely secretarial, lays out Chase's claim for payment of fees and states, "I only ask that the docket fees may be allowed in cases settled or determined since the commencement of this year." This from 27 year old Chase, who having passed the bar at the age of 22, quickly became known within Ohio as an abolitionist lawyer, which put him in the minority in south-leaning Cincinnati. Chase would go on to serve as Senator and Governor of Ohio, ran for president on the Republican ticket in 1860 (Lincoln won the nomination) and served as Lincoln's Secretary of Treasury for 4 years. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln nominated Chase to be the Supreme Court Chief Justice and was confirmed that very same day by the Senate. He remained Chief Justice until his death in 1873. Some know Chase as the person on the $10,000 bill. Sheet is 9 1/2" x 8" folded in half. Bold signature on page 2 with secretarial name adjacent. Previous fold lines remain with light soiling and small piece missing from back not affecting any text. Remnants of red seal wax on verso. ; 4 pp . (Inventory #: 012292)
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