Beck, Karen S. A Working Lawyer's Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter 1879-1884. xiv, 15-267 pp. Clark: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1-58477-929-2. ISBN-10: 1-58477-929-2. Paperback. Cover slightly bent; upper corner of some pages wrinkled. Else very good. $32. * Senter [1848-1916] was a lawyer who practiced in a small Vermont town. His letter book, which contains 326 letters copied between April 1879 and 1884, records his business dealings, goals and thoughts. Richly detailed and often frank, these letters take us into the world of a small-town lawyer in the late nineteenth century. They introduce us to his clients, the legal matters he addressed, the way he ran his business and his daily difficulties (such as clients who failed to pay their bills). This book has two parts. The first part is a biography of Senter and a history of his practice. The second is a transcription of the letter book. Karen Beck is Curator of Rare Books/Collection Development Librarian, Boston College Law Library. "Our knowledge of the everyday work, achievements, and problems of nineteenth century lawyers is constantly expanding. Much, however, remains to be learned. Karen Beck, Curator of Rare Books, Boston College Law Library, helps in this enterprise with this valuable contribution to the literature on legal practitioners." Jill Norgren, LAW AND POLITICS BOOK REVIEW Vol. 19 No.6 (June, 2009) pp.351-354.
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