Description: Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Levi Woodbury (1789-1851) penned and signed this lengthy letter in 1834 when he was serving as Secretary of the Navy under President Andrew Jackson. Woodbury writes to Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863), a member of the House of Representatives, about naval pay regulations. Apparently, a Mr. Ryan had certain “expectations of receiving some allowances in addition to his pay”, but as Woodbury explains to Whittlesey, “The usage of the Depart. is not to grant allowances in cases like this beyond what are included in the estimates; and in such cases, if the party feels aggrieved, his only remedy is an application to Congress.”
Woodbury also served as Secretary of the Treasury (1834-1841) under Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, and was later appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1845-1851) by James K. Polk. Woodbury was the first Supreme Court Justice to have attended law school.
Written on two pages of a piece of stationery folded to: 9 ¾” x 7 ¾”. Item #A01093.
Condition: Scattered staining, otherwise in very good condition with a large, bold signature.