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Description: Soon-to-be United State Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall (1752-1844) heavily scrawled his signature on this “envelope” addressed to John Kittridge, Esq. of Glouscester, MA. There is a circular cancellation stamp at the left side that is dated “JUL 30”. A note on a folded side of the cover that is dated July 30, 1810 indicates that Duvall was writing as Comptroller of the Treasury, a position he held from 1802 to 1811. He was the first person to hold the position.

Duvall served as an associate justice on the Supreme Court from 1811 to 1835, during the Marshall Court, and was nominated by President James Madison. Though he sat on the court for 23 years, Duvall only wrote an opinion in eighteen cases. His sole dissenting opinion was during Mima Queen and Child v. Hepburn (1813), wherein he argued that the daughter of an ex-slave should be allowed to present evidence that her mother was free at the time of her birth.

Measures approximately 3 1/4″ x 6 1/4″. Item #A01515

Condition: Paper loss from wax seal being removed, otherwise very good condition with a large, bold signature.