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DARROW, CLARENCE.  (1857-1938).  American lawyer.   Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “Clarence Darrow”, on his name-imprinted Law Offices Darrow, Smith, Cronson & Smith letterhead.  One page, oblong quarto.  “Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington Street, Chicago”, December 12, 1926.  Very fine condition.  Accompanied by his original law office envelope addressed to “Mr. John R. McMahon, Little Falls, N.Y., Box 144”, in Darrow’s hand, with two-cent stamp and postal cancellations.  Darrow writes:

“My Dear Mr. McMahon, Your book was received a few days ago.  I have been quite ill all summer and fall and am slowly gaining strength but am not doing anything that I can possibly avoid.  I don’t see how I could possibly read the book as I haven’t the strength and time.  I am obliged to do some things with what strength I have.  I don’t like to keep a book indefinitely so I am returning it and if I’ve a chance later I’ll write you for it.  Am going south soon when I can be out of town.  I know the book may be good for I know you can write.  I presume the reason they don’t publish it is because socialism seems dead.  Well I am confident that our present intoxication can not last much longer and then there will be a change.  With best wishes I’m always Your friend Clarence Darrow.”    



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