Cambridge, Mass: v.d., ca. April, 1936.
On Harvard Law School and personal letterhead. Various sizes. “… if ever there was an organic being, it was Holmes”. In red morocco-backed clam shell box. Item #246725
Collection of letters praising an address delivered by Thomas G. Corcoran in April 1936 before the Harvard Law School Association on the topic of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Corcoran was a former student of Frankfurter’s at Harvard and had clerked for Justice Holmes in the 1920s.
Frankfurter writes to congratulate and praise Corcoran, “ … The School is humming with your achievement: both faculty and students had their horizons stretched and their souls invigorated. It was a moral and esthetic triumph. I cannot adequately tell you the pride I feel in you.”
In a letter to Benjamin Cohen, another former student, Frankfurter implores him to have Corcoran dictate his speech before it is lost, “The place has been buzzing about it ever since, both Faculty and Students. It was an extraordinary psychological analysis of the workshop of Holmes’ mind, and, of course, a penetrating interpretation of the whole man. For if ever there was an organic being, it was Holmes. And the thing had beauty and loveliness. In conception and execution it was a truly beautiful performance. It can’t be recaptured. But I am appealing to you to have Tom rescue as much as can be rescued … please do make Tom dictate just for one straight hour all that he can remember …”
Frankfurter writes to Harold Laski, an English political scientist who had taught at Harvard, “Just to tell you that not since Holmes spoke here, at 250th has anyone so moved Faculty & students as did Tom at Law Review Dinner …”
With an autograph noted from Corcoran to his father, forwarding the Frankfurter notes, “… I don’t quite remember what I said. I talked without notes — but it seemed to go over well. Here are three letters — to Ben, to Harold Laski and to me from FF. A prejudiced judge — but you may enjoy reading them …”.
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