"Our Master is Our Self-Made Law" [Manuscript]. Lieber, Francis [1798-1872]. [Autograph Note, Signed, N.p., N.d (c.1860?)]. Single leaf folded to form 6-1/2" x 5" bifolium, light toning, horizontal fold lines, content in neat hand to recto of first leaf. [With] "Obituary: Dr. Francis Lieber," [New York Tribune, October 3, 1872]. Single-column text, divided into two columns, affixed to 10" x 5-3/4" sheet. Moderate toning, date of obituary at head of article in small contemporary hand. Together two items. $650. * Lieber was a prominent political philosopher and who helped lay the foundation for the study of political science in the United States. He is best known for drafting guidelines for the humane conduct of the Union army. One of these, General Orders Number 100 (better known as the "Lieber Code") was adopted by other nations and formed the basis for such international treaties as the Hague Regulations of 1907. A scholar of wide interests beyond law and politics, he published studies on economics, statistics, education and penal reform and produced and edited the Encyclopedia Americana, the first work of its kind published in the United States. The note, four lines of apparently original verse, was likely a response to a request for an autograph. It reads: "Let Emperor never rule this land,/ Nor fitful Crowd, nor senseless pride;/ Our master is our self-made Law/ To him we bow, and none beside."
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