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Supreme Court Justice David Souter, fountain pen user; Revisited


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Back in May of this year, there was a thread (below) where it was discovered that the soon to retire Justice of the Supreme Court David H. Souter routinely not only used a fountain pen but an Esterbrook. There were ideas floated around

re; perhaps gifting him with a new pen for his retirement.

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=105738

 

As it turns out, Justice Souter lives in a very small town in New Hampshire. I was able to ascertain his home address.

Digging out my nicest Ivory laid stationery, Estie with a Pendleton Point CI and of course, DCSSB ink, I penned a nice 2 page letter to Justice Souter in which I offered him a newly restored Estie, offered to restore or repair any Esties he had that might need such and/or to help him with nibs he might have the nib for. I mailed the letter to him at his home in NH.

 

I did receive a reply from him on Supreme Court of the United States embossed stationery. I have very limited and spotty use of a scanner. I was finally able to scan the short note I received from Justice Souter.

 

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XB-IYvzxVyY/Sw82eMoTx6I/AAAAAAAAA5E/kHitYB1AXLU/s800/SC3.jpg

 

In the above thread, FPNer BillZ had also received an apparently hand signed note from Justice Souter. In the same thread is also a .pdf file that contains what one would certainly assume to be an original hand signed signature on the Justice's Letter of Resgination to the President. It would be interesting if BillZ would/could post a scan of his notes signature to see how the 3 differ. The signature on my note has a definant added flourish compared to the Justice's LoR signature. My note certainly appears to be hand signed from this end.

 

Anyway, thought yall might like to see how this panned out.

 

It appears the good Justice is set just fine pen wise.

 

Bruce in Ocala, FL

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SCOTUS Justices don't really retire, they take senior status. And Justice Souter said in his 'retirement' letter that he plans on still being active with assignments to the Federal District Court of Appeals, I would guess there are ethical issues that keep him from accepting gifts from members of the public, even those as well meaning as yours would have been.

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SCOTUS Justices don't really retire, they take senior status. And Justice Souter said in his 'retirement' letter that he plans on still being active with assignments to the Federal District Court of Appeals, I would guess there are ethical issues that keep him from accepting gifts from members of the public, even those as well meaning as yours would have been.

 

According to "someone in the know" in the original thread, supposedly, they CAN accept gifts if they note them on a disclosure form.

 

I figure it's more of that 'nor easters spirit of self-sufficiency more than anything else.

 

Bruce in Ocala, FL

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That was a nice offer on your part and very cool that you received a personal response from Justice Souter.

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I have no idea how to post things here(or anywhere else) but I will studya nd see if I can do it. I looked at my letter and the signiture looks identical to the one below. Not sure how long it will take me to figure out how to post.LOL

 

Back in May of this year, there was a thread (below) where it was discovered that the soon to retire Justice of the Supreme Court David H. Souter routinely not only used a fountain pen but an Esterbrook. There were ideas floated around

re; perhaps gifting him with a new pen for his retirement.

 

http://www.fountainp...howtopic=105738

 

As it turns out, Justice Souter lives in a very small town in New Hampshire. I was able to ascertain his home address.

Digging out my nicest Ivory laid stationery, Estie with a Pendleton Point CI and of course, DCSSB ink, I penned a nice 2 page letter to Justice Souter in which I offered him a newly restored Estie, offered to restore or repair any Esties he had that might need such and/or to help him with nibs he might have the nib for. I mailed the letter to him at his home in NH.

 

I did receive a reply from him on Supreme Court of the United States embossed stationery. I have very limited and spotty use of a scanner. I was finally able to scan the short note I received from Justice Souter.

 

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XB-IYvzxVyY/Sw82eMoTx6I/AAAAAAAAA5E/kHitYB1AXLU/s800/SC3.jpg

 

In the above thread, FPNer BillZ had also received an apparently hand signed note from Justice Souter. In the same thread is also a .pdf file that contains what one would certainly assume to be an original hand signed signature on the Justice's Letter of Resgination to the President. It would be interesting if BillZ would/could post a scan of his notes signature to see how the 3 differ. The signature on my note has a definant added flourish compared to the Justice's LoR signature. My note certainly appears to be hand signed from this end.

 

Anyway, thought yall might like to see how this panned out.

 

It appears the good Justice is set just fine pen wise.

 

Bruce in Ocala, FL

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