Lot #129
Roger B. Taney

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Estimate: $200+


Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (born 1777) from 1836 until his death in 1864. Before holding that office, Taney served as secretary of the treasury and attorney general. ADS, signed three times, “R. B. Taney,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 11.75, no date but circa 1802. Taney files a suit for his client Zachariah Simmons against John Garrett for $40 in damages because of Garrott's failure to pay a promissory note on a bill in the amount of $30 plus interest. In part: "John Garrott late of Frederick County yeoman was summoned to answer unto Zachariah Simmons in a plea that he render unto him the sum of eleven pounds five shillings current money which to him he owes and from him unjustly detains and so forth. And whereupon the said Zachariah by R. B. Taney his attorney saith that whereas the said John on the eighth day of March in the year eighteen hundred and two at Frederick County aforesaid by his certain bill obligatory promised sixty days after date, to pay unto the said Zachariah, by the name of Zach. Simmons his heirs or assigns, the full and just sum of thirty dollars with interest…the said John hath hitherto wholly refused & still doth refuse wherefore the said Zachariah saith he is the worse and hath damages to the value of forty pounds current money." Below, Taney records three statements pertaining to the assignment of the payment. In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #602 - Ended February 10, 2021

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