Uncommon ALS signed “J. Marshall,” one page, 6 x 7.25, no date. Handwritten letter to Walter L. Fontaine, in full: "I have received your letter inclosing the half of a note of one hundred dollars and I now inclose one of the halves before sent." Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 19 x 15; there is a window in the backing for viewing the address panel. In fine condition, with some spots of foxing, and a short seal-related tear to the left edge. In 1816, while serving as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall sold 421 acres of land to Walter L. Fontaine for $4,215, with a schedule of payments covering 1817 to 1835. This letter may relate to that transaction.
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