Learned Hand Declines an Offer to Write an Article About Abraham Lincoln [Manuscript]. Hand, Learned [1872-1961]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, On Hand's U.S. Court House Letterhead, Address Struck-Through and Corrected, Windsor, VT, August 17, 1951]. 11" x 8-1/2" sheet. Some toning, fold lines, two vertical and one horizontal, light offsetting (from corrugated screen?) to verso, with a bit of negligible show-through on recto. $1,250. * One of the most significant American jurists of the twentieth century, Hand was a judge of the U.S. Southern District of New York, later a judge of the Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He was renowned for his judgments, which were also admired for their lucidity and elegance. This letter is addressed to a "Mr. Brockaway," apparently an editor, who solicited an article from Hand about Abraham Lincoln. Hand declined, saying he had "absolutely no qualifications" to write about Lincoln or time "to prepare to do it." He adds: "Furthermore, I retired as a judge with the idea of having the leisure which my job had so long denied me." At the time of this letter Hand was a retiree, but he would soon return to work. Assuming senior status, he continued to hear special cases for the next ten years. During that time he published two books: The Spirit of Liberty (1952) and The Bill of Rights (1958).
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