[Boston?]. June 12, 1841. Single sheet, some minor spotting not affecting text, else very good. Item #WRCAM17123
Letter from Choate, addressed to "My dear L[?], I have just received your letter, and have placed it in the hands of Mr. Badger. - with my opinion of your judgment, [?] to confidence. I hope he may be fortunate enough to get the place - Very truly yours, R. Choate." Choate was a celebrated courtroom lawyer and orator. A picturesque character, he wore his hair long and often appeared disheveled as a result of his habit of overworking. This letter is a good sample of his fanciful handwriting, famed for being illegible and described by E.P. Whipple as resembling "the tracks of wildcats with their claws dipped in ink, madly dashing over the surface of a folio sheet of white paper." DAB IV, pp.86-90.