Samuel Waldron journal, 1823
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Brief Description:

The journal of Samuel [Waldron?], Oct. 8, 1823-Nov. 3, 1823, chronicles the last days of Roger Wolcott Cooke (1797-1823), Litchfield Law School graduate and lawyer.

Cook was born in 1797, a son of Roger Cooke (1766-1836) and Emily Webster Cooke (1776-1807). He graduated from the Litchfield Law School in 1817 and was admitted to the Litchfield bar in 1819. He later moved to Augusta, Ga., and formed a partnership with William Tracy Gould, another Litchfield Law Student. Cooke again moved, this time in feeble health to New York. On Oct. 22, 1823, he embarked on a voyage to Barbadoes with hopes of recovering, but died on Nov. 4.

Samuel [Waldron?] is identified on the cover of the small journal as "a servant" to Cooke. The journal covers Cooke's last four weeks and describe his deterioriating condition. [Waldron?] writes that Cooke mentioned several individuals as he became sicker, including his siblings David, James, and Maria, and the Rev. Truman Marsh.

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Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
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Record Series Number: 00/2010-233-0
Created by: Waldron, Samuel
Volume: 0.1 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/22/2010.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Cook, Roger W.
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Katharine T. S. Coley  Gift
PreferredCitation: Samuel Waldron journal (2010-233-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759