Washington, D.C: December 21, 1947.
One page, on letterhead of the Supreme Court of the United States. 4to. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master”. Docketed in pencil. Fine, in navy custom cloth folder Item #247225
“… I am glad to know that Mr. Justice William O. Douglas of this Court will speak at the public dinner to be held in observance of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of John Peter Altgeld, the late Governor of Illinois, and a leadiing apostle of the Bill of Rights. He not only wished to be free himself, but wished that others share his freedom. Evidently he subscribed to Lincoln’s definition of democracy — ‘As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master [underscored] …”.
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