Reconstruction-Era Account Book of a Richmond, Virginia Law Firm [Manuscript]. Cosby, William W. Turner, Charles W. [Account Book of Cosby & Turner]. Richmond, Virginia, 1871-1875. [xxiv], 458 pp. Folio (13-1/2" x 8-1/2") Reversed calf, black-stamped frames to boards, raised bands and lettering pieces to spine, "Ledger" gilt-stamped to upper piece, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing and a few scuffs and stains to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, rear joint starting, rear hinge cracked. Moderate toning to interior, "Cosby & Turner/ Attys at Law/ Richmond/ Virginia" to front endleaf, content to recto and versos of most leaves to p. 257, 5 manuscript items (one with entries 1876) laid in, a few annotations (including one dated 1883) and owner to front endleaves. $950. * With a thumb-tabbed index. Cosby and Turner practiced law in Richmond, the former capitol of the Confederacy, which was then recovering from the damage it suffered during the Civil War. Cosby, who was considered one of Richmond's finest attorneys, was also a distinguished Confederate artillery officer. He probably met his partner, Turner, when they were law students at the University of Virginia. The firm's 1871-1875 ledger records fees for an array of legal services to a large number of clients in Richmond and, on occasion, other parts of Virginia, including courts in Powhatan, Chesterfield, and Goochland counties. Clearly a successful firm at this time, it include fees for defense of warrants, writing land assessments and deed conveyances, executing summons in debt, representing collections on claims and providing felony defense and legal services in bankruptcy cases. Overall, this manuscript offers a fascinating daily chronicle of a successful Richmond law firm during the later years of the Reconstruction era.
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