Records of a Lawyer in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1871-1901 [Manuscript Archive]. Hayes, William M. [Legal Correspondence, Documents, and Other Papers of Attorney William M. Hayes of Chester County, Pennsylvania]. West Chester, PA, And elsewhere, 1871-1901. 63 items comprising approximately 77 pages, sizes range from 5" x 3" to 14" x 8-1/2." Manuscript in ink to most rectos and versos. Light to moderate toning, fold lines, minor wear and soiling. $750. * This archive includes incoming and outgoing correspondence and other papers kept by attorney William M. Hayes of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Highlights include three letters by James F. Wood [1813-1883], the first Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, concerning a church established for the benefit of factory laborers and an affecting letter from a semi-literate client who can't pay his bill. Seven legal documents seen within the collection include a paper book, a release, the texts for two auction announcements and a deed containing a plat map. It also includes receipts, canceled checks and other financial papers. A distinguished citizen of West Chester, Hayes was the father of Prof. John Russell Hayes of Swarthmore College, president of the West Chester Electric Railway, solicitor for the Wilmington and Northern Railroad Co. and a prominent Freemason.
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