The Daily Business of a Prominent Vermont Lawyer [Manuscript Archive]. [Lawyers]. [Robinson, David, Jr. (1777-1858)]. [Archive of Letters Sent to David Robinson, Jr., Attorney-at-Law, Bennington, Vermont]. Vermont and New York, 1820-1842. 27 single-leaf and bifolia comprising 88 pages, sizes range from 8-1/4" x 6-1/4" to 12-1/2" x 7-1/2." Manuscript in ink with integral addresses. Moderate toning, fold lines, light soiling, occasional tears and holes (from opening seals) with minor loss. $750. * Robinson was born into a prominent Bennington, Vermont family. He graduated from Williams College in 1797 and read law with Nathan Robinson. Admitted to the Bennington County Bar in 1800, he soon became a prominent member of the Vermont legal community. The letters concern legal matters and some of them include documentary information. The letters are from clients in or near Bennington and Woodstock, Vermont, and Troy, New York. For the most part, they record the daily incoming business of a successful attorney. A few concern matters with Robinson's father, David Robinson, a general during the Revolutionary War. Many express the difficulties confronting commerce and communication in rural Vermont and New York. One letter, dated February 24, 1820, states: "the thaw has prevented me from going over the mountain to carry over a load of grain....I now have no way to raise my money for I cannot go anywhere to market for it is neither sleighing nor waggoning & it is impossible for me to obtain any money for you just now." Another, dated August 9, 1832, tells Robinson that he is "looking for a Mr. Clark," but doesn't know where he lives. Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont I:280-281. Strong, "Biographical Sketch," Robinson Family Account Books, 1813-1879, Vermont Historical Society (accessed online).
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