I salute the courage of any group which dares award an honor to a living man- particularly one still in office- and in such times as these. When events so defy the guidance of established principles, who knows what caprice of individual conduct, what errors of judgment, what straying from principle may lie ahead to make you regret your choice? If I were on a board of award I should choose a living officeholder for honors only if he gave bond at once to retire and to keep silence while life should last.
December 22, 1941
presented by Tau Epsilon Rho Law Fraternity at Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., Feb. 22, 1941, RHJP Box 41.
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