Cardozo ALS Concerning the Ethics of Writing a Reference Letter with a Photo [Manuscript]. Cardozo, Benjamin N. [1870-1938]. [Shapiro, Harold]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Harold Shapiro on U.S. Supreme Court Letterhead]. Rye, NY, August 12, 1934. Single sheet folded to form four 6-1/2" x 5" leaves. Faint mark to top edge from paper clip, horizontal fold lines, otherwise fine. [With] Cardozo, Benjamin N. [6-1/2" x 8-1/2" Black-and-White Photograph of Cardozo]. [New York: Acme News Agency, January 10, 1938]. Light wear to edges, faint crop marks and minor retouching to image, stamps, annotation and caption to verso. $1,500. * This letter concerns a request for a recommendation. Shapiro was a lawyer and legal writer involved with trade and anti-trust regulation during the New Deal. In 1934 he applied for a teaching position at New York Law School and asked Cardozo to support his candidacy with a recommendation letter. Although he believed Shapiro was qualified for the position, he wrote: "As for writing to the Dean, I have a fixed rule never to recommend anyone for appointment to a position of any kind unless my opinion has been solicited by the appointing power. You will agree with me, when you reflect about the matter, that this is the only appropriate attitude for a judge to take." Cardozo thus appealed to Shapiro as a fellow lawyer to explain the necessity of impartiality. It is indicative of Cardozo's personality that he doesn't flaunt his status as a Supreme Court justice; he simply calls himself a "judge." The caption of the photo reads (in part): "Justice Cardozo, Ill, Ordered to rest--Although slight improvement has been noted in the condition of Supreme court Justice Benjamin Cardozo (above), who has been ill from heart attacks and shingles, he has been ordered to remain absolutely quiet for some time."
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