(Autograph Material) 1 Piece. Autograph Letter Signed. Washington, George. New York, Nov. 23, 1789. 1 1/4 pages, 4to (one sheet); light to lightly moderate creases along old folds, right margin trimmed - with negligible losses to the endings of a few letters, blank left margin re-enforced (at least an inch (25 mm) away from the contents) with later partial paper sheet. To Edward Rutledge, relating to appointing his brother, John Rutledge, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, "...Your Brother's acceptance of his appointment has given me much pleasure; and I should have been glad if Major Pinckney could have found it compatible with his interest to hold the office of District Judge..." Clear and strong content and signature, light horizontal crease just touching the top of the capital "G" of George Washington's signature and a light vertical crease touching the outside of the bottom loop of that "G." Signed as President of the United States. In a double-pane frame.
Rutledge, Edward (1749-1800), Signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina, member of the first and second Continental Congresses, Governor of South Carolina.
Rutledge, John (1739-1800), brother of Edward Rutledge, statesman, jurist, Chairman of the committe of detail in the Federal Convention of 1787; appointed by Washington senior associate justice of the Supreme Court, he accepted the appointment but delayed taking his office until September 26, 1789 and resigned on March 4, 1791 to accept the office of Chief Justice of South Carolina.
Pinckney, Thomas (1750-1828), American Revolutionary War soldier, statesman, diplomat, governor of South Carolina, unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1796.
Fitzpatrick, The Writings of George Washington, vol. 30, p. 464-465.
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