"I Am Now Very Busy" [Manuscript]. Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. [Sewall, Samuel E. (1799-1888)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, Salem, MA, June 9, 1829]. Single-page letter on 10" x 8" sheet and 9-1/2" x 7" engraved portrait of Story in judicial attire in attractively matted and glazed 13-3/4" x 19-1/4" frame. Moderate toning to matte, letter and margins of portrait, some edgewear and a few minor chips to frame. $1,500. * Story regrets that he does not have time to write a review of Kent's Commentaries on American Law (first edition 1826) for the American Jurist, which was edited by Sewall. Story says he is too busy with circuit-court duties and "the needful preparations" for his lectures at Harvard Law School. He promises to look over his manuscripts at a later date to see if he has anything to submit. Sewall, a Boston lawyer, was a prominent abolitionist and suffragist. Story was a distinguished U.S. Supreme Court justice, Harvard Law School professor and legal author best known for his Commentaries on the Constitution (first edition 1833), a landmark in American law.
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