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PITNEY, Mahlon (1858-1924). American lawyer, Appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Taft. He was still an Associate Justice when Taft became Chief Justice. T.L.S. 2 full pages on the letterhead of House of Representatives U.S., Washington, D.C., April 31, 1896. To Captain Lewis Van Blarcom. Pitney writes in part: “In accordance with the request....I have endeavored to procure from the Navy Department some light field pieces or other small guns for the Newton Monument. ...I regret to say that it will not be possible to get light guns of the sort mentioned by you, and it seems that the two kinds most suitable for your purpose of those which can be obtained are the 32-pounder, weighing 5,700 pounds and measuring about 8 or 10 feet in length. And a 13 -inch mortar... I also enclose a blue-print of the 32-pounder...This carriage you would have to supply yourselves...with either of the two pieces the department will supply a reasonable number of projectiles...” Signed in full. The two pages are in fine condition with Pitney making two changes with his pen.
Capt. Van Blarcom was a Civil War Union Army Officer who fought at Fredericksburg, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station and Spottsylvania. He was wounded and captured by the rebels and they amputated his leg. He was placed in Libby Prison......................................$165.00