American jurist (1786-1865) who served on the Supreme Court from 1837 to 1865, remembered as a close friend and ally of Andrew Jackson. ALS signed “J. Catron,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.25 x 10.5, October 25, 1859. Letter to Clerk of the Supreme Court William Thomas Carroll, in part: "Mrs. Catron will accompany me to Washington this Winter, and therefore it becomes necessary for me to have accommodations suited to her requirements. It is most convenient for me to be near the Consultation room; and, she is very willing to go to the Morrison buildings, if she can get rooms on the first floor…and says she would prefer the rooms formerly occupied by Judge Wayne—& last winter by Judge Nelson. For myself, I would prefer the rooms I occupied last year, but these Mrs. Catron says are too high up for her…If Judge Nelson has bespoke his last year's rooms, then nothing further need be said, as regards them…I can't be at hotels; they are not suited to Judicial Labours—nor to Judges of my age: nor can I abide a common boarding house. Will you do me the favour to see the Marshal, and know of him whether he will procure the Consultation room at Morrison's to do the business in during the next term of the Supreme Court…and ascertain the terms of board, accommodations, &c…I will need an office room—warm and snug—aside from the two rooms has by Judge Nelson. Mrs. Catron says there is one to suit near by. I don't recollect it." In very good to fine condition, with three binder dings to the right edge, touching only one word of text. Accompanied by an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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