Letter from Roger B. Taney to Nahum Capen

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Nahum Capen
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November 30, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes a private letter to Nahum Capen of Boston regarding a rumor about Taney resigning: "There is no foundation for the rumor that I have resigned or am about to resign the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court," as Taney explains. While "it is true that I am far advanced in life & my health has never been very firm," Taney notes that "I hope and believe I have yet strength enough to perform the duties of my office and shall endeavor to do so." Taney also underscores that this letter is private and he does not want it released to the press. Transcript included.

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Gift of Boyd Lee Spahr