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1 MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS retired on November 12, 1975. See also post, p. VII.

2 THE HONORABLE JOHN PAUL STEVENS, of Illinois, was nominated by President Ford on November 28, 1975, to be an Associate Justice of this Court; the nomination was confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 1975; he was commissioned on the same date; and he took the oath and his seat on December 19, 1975. See also post,

P. XI.

IV

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

ALLOTMENT OF JUSTICES It is ordered that the following allotment be made of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of this Court among the circuits, pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 42, and that such allotment be entered of record, viz.:

For the District of Columbia Circuit, WARREN E. BURGER, Chief Justice.

For the First Circuit, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Second Circuit, THURGOOD MARSHALL, Associate Justice.

For the Third Circuit, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Fourth Circuit, WARREN E. BURGER, Chief Justice.

For the Fifth Circuit, LEWIS F. POWELL, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Sixth Circuit, POTTER STEWART, Associate Justice.

For the Seventh Circuit, WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, Associate Justice.

For the Eighth Circuit, HARRY A. BLACKMUN, Associate Justice.

For the Ninth Circuit, WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS, Associate Justice.*

For the Tenth Circuit, BYRON R. WHITE, Associate Justice.

January 7, 1972.

(For next previous allotment, see 403 U. S., p. iv.) (For next subsequent allotment, see post, p. VI.)

*By order of November 17, 1975, the Court temporarily assigned MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST to the Ninth Circuit.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

ALLOTMENT OF JUSTICES

It is ordered that the following allotment be made of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of this Court among the circuits, pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 42, and that such allotment be entered of record, viz.

For the District of Columbia Circuit, WARREN E. BURGER, Chief Justice.

For the First Circuit, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Second Circuit, THURGOOD MARSHALL, Associate Justice.

For the Third Circuit, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Fourth Circuit, WARREN E. BURGER, Chief Justice.

For the Fifth Circuit, LEWIS F. POWELL, JR., Associate Justice.

For the Sixth Circuit, POTTER STEWART, Associate Justice.

For the Seventh Circuit, JOHN PAUL STEVENS, Associate Justice.

For the Eighth Circuit, HARRY A. BLACKMUN, Associate Justice.

For the Ninth Circuit, WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, Associate Justice.

For the Tenth Circuit, BYRON R. WHITE, Associate Justice.

December 19, 1975.

(For next previous allotment, see 404 U. S., p. v.)

VI

RETIREMENT OF MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1975

Present: MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER, MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN, MR. JUSTICE STEWART, MR. JUSTICE WHITE, MR. JUSTICE MARSHALL, MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN, MR. JUSTICE POWELL, and MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE said:

I have a statement to make on behalf of the Court. The announcement of Mr. Justice Douglas' retirement as a member of this Court was made on Wednesday last week. We on the Court who have been intimate witnesses to his gallant struggle to recover his health and his strength hope, now that he is free from the incessant burden that his high sense of duty placed on him, he will be able to direct his great courage and his infinite willpower to recovering his health.

Our feelings about him officially as his colleagues, and personally as his friends, are more fully expressed in a letter signed by all of the members of the Court and Justice Douglas' reply to that letter. These letters, I think, will suggest something of the nature of the relationships within the Court in the constant contacts that occur day by day in an institution in which all of the members must act together and work together on every matter that comes before the Court.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES,

CHAMBERS OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE,

Washington, D. C., November 14, 1975.

DEAR BILL:

Only when you made your decision known did we fully sense what that meant to us and to the Court. For us, as colleagues and friends, your absence from the Conference table and our deliberations will be deeply felt. Whether ultimately we agreed or not, as colleagues we valued highly your unparalleled knowledge of the multitude of decisions of the Court covering more than onethird of this century. It was a unique resource for the Court and one that may never again be present at our Conference table. We shall always remember your occasional verbal "footnotes” telling us intimate details as to how some opinion evolved. As friends we shall miss the daily contacts, which have varied in length and kind for each of us. Some have long been colleagues, some have argued before you, some have come here more recently, but all of us share great respect and affection

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The hope on our part is that, relieved of the burdens of Court work, your health will improve, and this eases our sense of loss. In the months since last January we have felt boundless admiration for your courageous fight to recover your strength and your placing duty above concern for your health.

So much has been said and will be said on other occasions about your remarkable career that no more need be noted now than to recall that it is far more than a record of longevity, for it spanned a period in American history comparable to that of the formative period early in the 19th century when Marshall and then Taney were here.

We shall miss your vast reservoir of firsthand knowledge of the Court's cases of the past 36 years and, as

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