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We hope that the light which has come to pass at the eveningtime of a well spent life may long shine upon you, and that our fraternal intercourse may be continued for many years. Very cordially, yours,

MELVILLE W. FULLER,
JOHN M. HARLAN,
DAVID J. BREWER,
E. D. WHITE,
R. W. PECKHAM,
JOSEPH MCKENNA,
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,
WILLIAM R. DAY.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES,

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 28, 1906. MY DEAR BRETHREN: I thank you for your graceful and generous expressions of esteem. One of the most delightful experiences of my life has been the cultivation of the friendly companionships of the last fifteen years, which I would gladly continue, were it not that impaired eyesight and the inertia which comes with three score and ten admonish me that my duty to the country, to you, and to myself demands a relinquishment of the burden I have borne for thirty-one years, half of which have been spent in your company. While my resignation necessitates a severance of our official relations, I hope these relations may continue socially so long as our lives are spared to us.

I rejoice that I am leaving the court at a time when it has never stood higher in the estimation of the people, nor when more important cases have been, and still are being, presented for its consideration. The antagonisms, sometimes almost fierce, which were developed during the earliest decades of its history, and at one time threatened to impair its usefulness, are happily forgotten; and the now universal acquiescence in its decisions, though sometimes reached by a bare majority of its members, is a magnificent tribute to that respect for the law inherent in the Anglo-Saxon race, and contains within itself the strongest assurance of the stability of

our institutions. The services rendered by the Supreme Court in this connection have been of incalculable value.

Again thanking you for your kindly interest in my welfare, I remain, with profound respect, Most sincerely, yours,

HENRY B. BROWN.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.

CHIEF JUSTICE'S CHAMBERS.

May 29, A. D. 1906.

By reason of a vacancy occurring on the final adjournment of the October Term, A. D. 1905, a new allotment having become necessary in vacation:

It is Ordered, That the following allotment be made of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of this Court among the Circuits, agreeably to the act of Congress in such case made and provided, and that such allotment be entered of record, viz.:

For the First Circuit, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Associate Justice;
For the Second Circuit, Rufus W. Peckham, Associate Justice;
For the Third Circuit, Edward D. White, Associate Justice;
For the Fourth Circuit, Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice;
For the Fifth Circuit, Edward D. White, Associate Justice;
For the Sixth Circuit, John M. Harlan, Associate Justice;
For the Seventh Circuit, William R. Day, Associate Justice;
For the Eighth Circuit, David J. Brewer, Associate Justice;
For the Ninth Circuit, Joseph McKenna, Associate Justice.

MELVILLE W. FULLER,

Chief Justice.

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