Holmes Praises a US Senator [Manuscript]. Holmes, Oliver Wendell Jr. [1841-1935]. [Rugg, Arthur Prentice (1862-1938)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed "O W Holmes," Washington, D.C., October 18, 1907]. 8" x 5" bifolium, United States Supreme Court letterhead, content to recto and verso of first leaf. Light toning, two slight horizontal fold lines. With transmittal envelope postmarked October 18, 1907, small tears to top-edge. $1,250. * Rugg was a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1906-1928. In this letter, Holmes thanks him for sending a copy of memorial remarks on the death of George Frisbie Hoar [1826-1904], a senator from Massachusetts. Hoar was a fiery legislator known for battles against political corruption and American imperialism, in addition to his advocacy for women's suffrage. Holmes remarks: "I keenly appreciated his great powers and his character and I do not think that I was prevented from doing him justice by the fact that he seemed to dislike me." He goes on to describe Hoar's character and career, and concludes by noting that he "was delighted" to hear reports of Rugg "as a judge corresponding to the man I respected."
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