Washington, 1801. unbound. With a hint of collusion, Otis assures the appointment of John Lowell as one of President John Adam's "mid-night judges." 1 page, 10 x 8 inches, Washington, February 21, 1801, to John Lowell Jr., one day after his father began performing the duties as Chief Judge of the United States Circuit Court, in full: "I wrote Judge Lowell yesterday and informed him of the convenience of the Senate...and also gave him my opinion that he ought prior to the 4th of March write and dispatch his resignation of his present and acceptance of his new appointment. I have seen Justice Marshall who thinks with me that it is expedient for your father to write a letter accepting the appointment and that it should be dated on the 2nd of March. This commission will probably be sent by this post, but if it cannot be made out in season, still let the acceptance be sent as if it were received." Note: John Adams' controversial appointment of the "mid-night judges" was done solely for the purpose of keeping the judiciary in the hands of the Federalists, who had lost both Executive and Congressional power with the election of Jefferson. Minor fraying at the margins, but in very good condition overall. American jurist and Federalist Congressman who was a prominent member of the Hartford Convention. (Inventory #: 273968)
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