Mid Nineteenth-Century Account Book of a Vermont Lawyer [Manuscript]. [Vermont]. [Account Book]. Wallingford and Rutland, VT, June 1, 1849-July 3, 1853.  pp. Oblong folio (15-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Quarter sheep over marbled boards, blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards, small chip to front board, moderate rubbing to spine and extremities, minor worming to front hinge, rear hinge starting. Light toning to interior, content in notable neat hand to 51 pages, final 18 pages are a thumb-tabbed index. $500. * Produced by an unidentified Wallingford attorney who was often in Rutland to attend the county court, this ledger records his professional activity and occasional personal expenses, such as the purchase of furniture. Each entry has a brief memorandum of the transaction. They show that he provided the wide range of legal services demanded of lawyers in rural nineteenth-century America. He drafted wills and deeds, managed estates, oversaw commercial transactions, settled disputes and tried criminal cases. His clientele was equally diverse, ranging from farmers and tradesmen to substantial business leaders and owners of large estates. Overall, this ledger offer an interesting perspective of daily legal life in southern Vermont in the middle years of the nineteenth century.
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