CHIEF JUSTICE, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT COMMENDS A KENTUCKY JUDGE:
“HE IS AN INSTITUTION…AND OFFERS SUCH A CONTRAST
TO MANY JUDGES IN THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH HE CARRIES ON BUSINESS AND THE FIDELITY WITH WHICH HE PRESERVES THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC…”
TAFT, WILLIAM HOWARD. (1857-1930). Twenty-seventh President of the United States and tenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1921-30). Good and revealing Typed Letter Signed, “Wm. H. Taft”, as Chief Justice, on imprinted SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES stationery. Two full conjoined pages, octavo. Washington, D.C., January 11, 1927. Very fine condition. To “Hon. Hatton W. Sumners, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.” Taft writes:
“My dear Congressman Sumners: I want to write for Mrs. Taft and me to thank you very much for that beautiful grapefruit and those oranges which you were good enough to send. I don’t know how it happened that the information as to their coming was not conveyed to me, but the truth is I am so high up in my house, at the top of my elevator, that I am removed from contact with that end of the house where supplies are delivered. When such beautiful things come in, they are seized by those in charge of the commissariat, without due regard to the amenities and the gratitude which the proprietor of the house should manifest for such tokens of affectionate regard. We are enjoying them every day, and I want you to know that I have you constantly in mind, which of course brightens even the dark days of January. Thank you, too, for giving me an evening for Judge Cochran. He is an institution in Kentucky and offers such a contrast to many Judges in the efficiency with which he carries on business and the fidelity with which he preserves the interests of the public that I am sure you must have enjoyed meeting him. With warmest regards, Sincerely yours, Wm. H. Taft”.