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  • Item Category: Stamps
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 05, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House

1850 stampless folded letter, with red "CANANDAIGUA/N.Y." cds, and red "5" rate handstamp, addressed to Charles J. Folger, at Geneva, N.Y.

The addressee, CHARLES J. FOLGER , (1818-1884), was admitted to the bar in 1839, and settled in Geneva, NY in 1840; an early Republican, he joined the newly formed party in 1854; N.Y. State Senator, 1861-1869, acting for four years as President pro tempore, and was chairman of the judiciary committee the whole time; Elected Associate Judge of the State Court of Appeals in 1871, and was appointed Chief Justice in 1880, but resigned in 1881 on his appointment as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury , in the Cabinet of President Chester A. Arthur, which office he held until his death.

The letter is dated July 10, 1850, from George Willson, 2nd, and concerns a legal matter in which both Willson & Folger are involved, with interesting content, using nautical metaphors to describe how they stand in the matter. Includes:

"...the Cause now stands in just the position I wanted it; one which gives me the opportunity of having the decision of the Court, on the merits, with a pretty good anchor to the windward, to save a wreck in any event. The delay, of course, is all for our benefit. Under the circumstances, I think it would be unjust to Smith to waive any advantage which he now
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