Oct 28, 2021 - Sale 2584

Sale 2584 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 531
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 250 - $ 350
ABOUT HIS RIDICULING THE SUPREME COURT: "MR HUGHES IS A PERSONAL FRIEND" ROGERS, WILL. Typed Letter Signed, in pencil, to attorney Randolph Frothingham ("Dear Mr. Frothingham"), explaining that he did not ridicule the U.S. Supreme Court [in a recent radio broadcast]--rather he brought to the public's attention the importance of the Court's work. 3/4 page, 4to, personal stationery; ink received stamp at upper right recto, two punch holes in upper margin, paper clip stain at left edge, folds. Beverly Hills, [February 1935]

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"In all my accumulated mail I got six of your type letters, all kindly, all friendly, and all helpful. I couldent [sic] answer them personally if I had received many, but I want to do so myslef [sic].
"I have no alabi [sic] to offer, outside of a difference of opinion. [Y]ou think I ridiculed them, I think I helped to bring to the people the importance of what they had to do. I did ridicule the Democrats for doing something which they perhaps had no right too [sic].
"But I always said that these nine old men stood pre-eminent. I cant call them nine young men.
"Mr. [Charles Evans] Hughes is a personal friend of mine and has been nine years. One of the others I spoke before two weeks ago and used the same remarks. He complimented me.
"You see if I went around insulting people, I couldent have had exactly 30 years at it and have the friends I think that I have. You see I dont joke about a man unless I like him. Then I dont have to worry what I say. The bad thought is not there and hence it cant come out."
"But I do thank you. Yours was a fine letter, and it will do me some good."
With--Typed retained draft of Frothingham's letter to Rogers in which he writes, "I enjoy . . . your jabs at our Presidents . . . at Congress, and at men at large in public life . . . . but why undermine confidence of the average man in the one tribunal which, under all circumstances and conditions, should prove to be the bulwark of every one of us." 2 pages, 4to. [Boston], 21 January 1935.