This Maryland attorney took on high profile cases such as that of Sanford in the Dred Scott case, General Fitz-John Porter in his court martial trial after Second Manassas and Mary Surratt the alleged Lincoln assassination co-conspirator; as a statesman he served Maryland in the Senate (1849-50, 1863-68) and acted as Zachary Taylor's Attorney General (1849-50) and as U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1868-69). Item #40852
Inscription and signature clipped from letter on a 4½" X 2¼" slip, n.p., n.y. [pencilled note on verso states Baltimore, 1865 June 24]. Very good. Faint age toning; mounting traces on verso. A large and bold "with pleasure, / yr obdt. servt / Reverdy Johnson" in brown ink in Johnson's usual hurried, sloppy script. (Another hand inks a miniscule "Senate Maryland 1865" above his signature.) Accompanied by a fine example of Johnson's 3" X 1 3/4" buff heavy stock calling card with "Mr. Reverdy Johnson" in italic typeface at center and also a 5 3/8" X 8½" steel-engraved head-and-shoulders portrait of Johnson in later years, undated but accomplished while Attorney General, thus circa 1850. Very good. Lightly age toned, with a bit of foxing. A fine trio.