Lot 52 of 419:
Letters toLawyer William Sullivan 1795-18440  

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Archive of approximately 35 letters to Boston lawyer William Sullivan, and 12 retained copies of Sullivan's letters to others


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Various sizes, in ink. Significant archive of letters to and retained copies of letters from this influential lawyer and politician, covering business matters, politics, personal affairs, and general events of the day. H.D. Sedgwick writes to him in 1814, as sentiment against the War of 1812 grew strong, "Any project real or imaginary of taking the resources of the state into our own hands for self defense, or in their words driving off U.S. collectors of duties & tax-gatherers & taking the money ourselves, seems to be universally disliked..." In 1810, Sullivan received a letter from a Mr. Hulbert regarding a fugitive politician, "It is unquestionably true that Barnabas Bidwell has absconded!... Last Thursday night, by virtue of a warrant for his arrest, a search was made in the houses of some of his friends in Stockbridge. Some people suspected that he was secreted in that village. The search was fruitless. For 16 years past this wretch has been constantly violating his oath of office. He has been, the whole of that time, embezzling the monies of this country..." Provenance: A private California collection.

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The retained copies of letters are well darkened and dampstained, some of the other letters as well but not as much, a few chips and tears; fair to very good.

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