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Posted by: Letters of the Law on Feb 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2018

Journal Name: February 2018 - Vol. 53, No. 2

A ‘Priceless Possession in a Pile of Junk’

This letter was written to Journal columnist Russell Fowler:

The flea market find includes this inscription: To Charles P. Hall With affectionate Greetings and every good wish. Louis D. Brandeis October, 1916

The flea market find includes this inscription:
To Charles P. Hall With affectionate Greetings and every good wish.

— Louis D. Brandeis
October, 1916

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article about Justice Brandeis in the October 2017 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal (“Louis Brandeis: Pro Bono Lawyer”). He and I share the same birthplace (Louisville) and I have always had great admiration for him.

Several years ago, I was at the Nashville Flea Market, rummaging through a shopping cart of old picture frames, a few containing pictures. One grabbed my attention, being personally signed, and I quickly recognized it as being a photograph of Justice Brandeis. The inscription, which took a little time to decipher, read “For Charles P. Hall, with affectionate greetings and every good wish. Louis D. Brandeis October, 1916.”

Needless to say, as one who is interested in history, and an attorney, it is one of my prized possessions. Someone told me they thought Charles Hall was a faculty member, or possibly the dean, of Vanderbilt Law School, although I haven’t been able to verify that.

We all dream of finding that priceless possession in a pile of junk. This was one time I actually did it.

Thanks again for the Brandeis article, and the other historical articles you have contributed to the Journal.

— Perry R. Happell, Brentwood