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Litchfield Law School collection, 1773-1990 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Title: Litchfield Law School collection, 1773-1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Litchfield Historical Society

Other Creators: Gould, James (1770-1838), Reeve, Tapping (1744-1823)

Extent: 1.67 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in three series.

1: Period documents, 1785-1835

2: Research materials, 1773-1978

3: Printed materials, 1828-1990

Date Acquired: 01/01/1890. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Gould, James, 1770-1838, Law - Study and teaching - Connecticut, Law--United States--Study and teaching, Law students - Connecticut - Litchfield, Lawyers--Correspondence, Lecture notes - Connecticut - Litchfield, Litchfield Law School, Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823

Forms of Material: Circulars (fliers), Correspondence, Judicial records, Lecture notes, Notebooks

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection includes materials pertaining to Tapping Reeve, James Gould, the Litchfield Law School, and alumni of the school.  It was assembled by the Historical Society over a period of years.  Many of the law books used by Reeve and his students are also held by the Society and can be found through the book catalog.  The Society's institutional records document the history of the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School building.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

In 1773, the newly married Tapping Reeve and Sally Burr Reeve settled in Litchfield where Reeve promptly established a legal practice. The following year, Sally's brother Aaron Burr came to live with them and Reeve began to instruct him in the law. Several prominent residents of Litchfield also sent their sons to Reeve for legal training, establishing his reputation as a teacher and forming the nucleus of what was to become America's first formal school of law.

As the number of students increased, Reeve began to develop a series of formal lectures that prepared students to take the bar exam and practice law. In the years following the Revolution most lawyers taught through the apprenticeship system because there were no schools that offered law degrees. Reeve’s decision to pass on his legal knowledge through formal organized classes distinguished him from others who were training new lawyers. By 1784 the number of students enrolling outgrew the space in Reeve's parlor office, prompting Reeve to construct a one-room school building next to his house.

Through his lectures, Tapping Reeve sought to train his students in legal principles and their application to any legal situation. Reeve and his eventual partner James Gould, developed a detailed eighteen month course of lectures, covering every aspect of legal practice. Students took copious lecture notes that they then carefully re-copied and had bound into leather volumes. These volumes provided the Litchfield Law School graduates with the basis of their office law libraries. The students then used their bound notes as reference manuals for the rest of their careers.

Alumni of the Litchfield Law School had a tremendous impact on the development of the new nation, shaping the creation of the American legal and judicial systems, and profoundly influencing subsequent developments in legal education. Reeve's emphasis on a system of legal principles rather than local laws and statutes, his use of legal cases in teaching, his establishment of student moot courts, and his division of lectures into subjects, all shaped legal education as we know it today.

The Law School attracted over 1,200 students from 13 states and territories to study in Litchfield. Graduates formed a network of leadership and influence that encompassed public service, business, and other areas of American life. Ultimately, the small law school would educate two US vice-presidents (Aaron Burr and John C. Calhoun), as well as 14 governors, 14 members of the federal cabinet, 28 U.S. Senators, 100 members of the House of Representatives, three Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and many other state and local public officials.

This collection includes materials pertaining to Tapping Reeve, James Gould, the Litchfield Law School, and alumni of the school.  It was assembled by the Historical Society over a period of years.  The student images were originally collected for display on the walls of the Tapping Reeve House.  When the house was reinterpreted in 1998, the photos were relocated to the Litchfield Law School Collection.

Many of the published law books used by Reeve and his students are also held by the Society and can be found through the book catalog.  The Society's institutional records document the history of the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School building.  There is no known comprehensive collection of Tapping Reeve's personal or business papers though collections such as this contain examples of his correspondence and legal work.

Subject/Index Terms

Gould, James, 1770-1838
Law - Study and teaching - Connecticut
Law--United States--Study and teaching
Law students - Connecticut - Litchfield
Lawyers--Correspondence
Lecture notes - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield Law School
Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Gifts of Mrs. Nathan Rochester Child (1902); Jeannie Gould Lincoln (1908); Mrs. Emily N. Vanderpoel and Capt. Edgar Van Winkle (1915); George Gould Lincoln (1916); John D. Champlain, Jr. (1919); Grace Bigelow (1925); Esther Thompson (1931); Samuel Fisher (1932); Samuel A. Herman (1932); George Dudley Seymour (1932); Augustus N. Hand (1933-18-0); Katharine P. Loring (1933); Mary Floyd Williams (1942); Floyd R. DuBois (1946); Dorothy Telfair Mills Parker (1946); Floyd R. DuBois and Frank DuBois; Mrs. Mendenhall (1950); Epaphroditus Peck (1950); Mrs. G. Glen Gould (1955); Floyd L. Thoms (1968); Mrs. Lamar M. Fearing (1972); John D. Taylor (1979); Jane Endicott (1986); Mariam Greenberg (1988); Oliver Wolcott Library (1991); Museum purchase (2002); Malcolm and Carol Bramley (2004).

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes and 50 volumes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Various

Acquisition Method: Gift and purchase

Related Materials:

Related to Series 1: Lecture notes: George Catlin Woodruff's student law lecture notes (5 volumes) are in the Woodruff Family Collection, Litchfield Historical Society. Reeve Collection, Litchfield Historical Society. Student law lecture notebooks are located in many repositories including: the Lillian Goldman law Library, Yale Law School, http://morris.law.yale.edu; Harvard law Library, www.law.harvard.edu/library; Columbia Law School Library, www.law.columbia.edu/library/collections/special; and the Connecticut State Library, www.csl.org.

The Samuel Fisher collection contains research notes and correspondence from Fisher's effort to create a comprehensive catalog of Litchfield Law School students.  His catalog is also held by the Society.

Many other collections contain personal and business records of Litchfield Law School students.  Some collections related to Tapping Reeve can be found at:

Reeve Family Papers at Yale University Manuscript and Archives http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0686

Related Publications: Many of the law books used by Reeve and his students are in the Society's collection.  Find them by searching the online book catalog.

Preferred Citation: Litchfield Law School collection, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: A finding aid for the Student Lecture notes was created in 2005.

Other Note:

Processing of this collection in in progress. Please contact archivist@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Contact the Museum Curator curator@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org for information about the Material culture/objects related to the Litchfield Law School.

 

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Other URL: http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/lawschool/index.php


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Period documents, 1785-1835],
[Series 2: Research materials, 1773-1978],
[Series 3: Printed materials, 1828-1990],
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Series 1: Period documents, 1785-1835Add to your cart.

This series contains student and lecturer correspondence, notes of the Debating and Moot Court Societies, student lecture notes, and other documents created during the period in which the Litchfield Law School operated.

PLEASE NOTE: STUDENT LECTURE NOTEBOOKS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH. PLEASE CONTACT THE ARCHIVIST FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS.

Sub-Series 1: Student Lecture Notes, 1794-1833Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

This sub-series consists of lecture notes covering various legal subjects that were taken by students at the Litchfield Law School.

PLEASE NOTE: STUDENT LECTURE NOTEBOOKS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH. PLEASE CONTACT THE ARCHIVIST FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS.

Item 1: Bacon, Asa, 1794Add to your cart.
Asa Bacon (1771-1857) attended the Litchfield Law School in 1794. His notebooks consist of 5 volumes of law notes from classes of Tapping Reeve taken at the Litchfield Law School in 1794. Subjects include Municipal Law, Husband and Wife, Parent and Child, Contracts, Mortgages, Pleas and Pleadings, and Comparison of English and Connecticut Law.
Item 2: Baldwin, Ebenezer, 1810Add to your cart.
Ebenezer Baldwin (1790-1837) attended the Litchfield Law School in 1810.  His notebooks consist of 5 volumes of law lecture notes from classes taught by Tapping Reeve and James Gould at the Litchfield Law School. Some of the topics in the volumes (numbers assigned by Litchfield Historical Society staff) are: Vol. 1 - Pleas and Pleadings,; vol. 2 - Real Property, public wrong, ;vol. 3 - Municipal law, Husband & Wife; vol.4 - Actions; vol. 5 - Bailment,Contracts, Executives and Administrators.
Item 3: Bates, Anson, 1820Add to your cart.
Anson Bates (1799-1869) attended the Litchfield Law School in 1820.  His lecture notes from classes taught by Tapping Reeve and James Gould at the Litchfield Law School, consist of 1 volume with the title" Contracts".
Item 4: Dubois, Cornelius, circa 1830Add to your cart.
Cornelius Dubois (1810-1881) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1830. His 2 volumes of lectures notes taken from classes taught by James Gould are labelled "Volume 4" and "Volume 6". Volume 4 includes Action ex Delicato, 601 pages; and volume 6 includes Law Merchant, Partnerships, and Insurance.
Item 5: Fairchild, Robert, 1794Add to your cart.
Robert Fairchild (1775-1835) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1794. His notebook of lecture notes taken from classes taught by Tapping Reeve consists of 550 pages. Written on the first page is "continuation of a lecture on contracts" indicating that there was a prior notebook. Other topics include Real Property, On Evidence; and, Estates of Deceased Persons.
Item 6: Goodwin, Hiram Gould, 1828Add to your cart.
Hiram Gould Goodwin (1808-1885) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1829. On the first page of his notebook of lecture notes is written "Reeves Lectures, taken from Wm. G. Williams by Hiram Goodwin, 1828. LEX." William Gilbert Williams was a Litchfield Law School student in 1799. There are also moot court case notes inside the front cover.
Item 7: Gould, George, 1830Add to your cart.
George Gould, son of Judge James Gould and Sally (Tracy) Gould was born in Litchfield, Conn. in 1807 and died in Troy, NY in 1868.  He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1827 and in 1830-1831 he aided his father by reading his lectures to the students. His notebooks consist of 2 volumes of lecture notes from classes taught by his father, James Gould. The main topics in the volumes are: Vol. 1 - Criminal Law; and Vol. 2 - Contracts.
Item 8: Houghton, Josiah, 1817-1818Add to your cart.
Josiah Houghton (1791?-1833) attended the Litchfield Law School in 1817. His notebook consists of 1 volume of lecture notes. On the title page is written "A Digest of law in a series of lectures delivered at Litchfield, Conn. by the Hon. Tapping Reeve & James Gould, Esq. and taken stenographically by Josiah Houghton". Title on the binding "A Digest of Law - J. Houghton vol. I"  Some of the topics include: Partnership, Sheriffs and Goalers, Statute of Limitations, Inns & Inn Keepers, Evidence. In the front is a list of students Oct. 1817-Oct. 1818.
Item 9: Law, Samuel Andrew, 1794Add to your cart.
Lecture notes taken  by Samuel Andrew Law on subjects including slander, heresy and libel.  Unlike many other volumes, these appear to be notes taken during the lecture rather than those later copied and bound for reference.
Item 10: Loring, Charles Greely, 1813-1814Add to your cart.
Charles Loring Greely (1794-1867) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1813-1814. His 3 volumes of law lecture notes (numbered by the Litchfield Historical Society staff) are titled on the bindings as "Reeve's and Gould's Lectures". The title page of Vol. 1 reads "Lectures on Municipal Law and Private Relations by the Hon. Judge Reeve and James Gould Esq. delivered at their Law Institution Litchfield, Conn. A.D. 1813-1814". Vol. 1 includes Municipal Law, Parent and Child, Baron and Feme, Executors and Administrators; Vol. 2 includes Lex Mercatoria, Contracts, Actions, Bailments; and Vol. 3 includes Real Property. Only Vol. 3 has a binding label remaining - Reeves & Goulds Lectures/Real Property.
Item 11: Mather, Nathaniel, 1811-1813Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Nathaniel Mather (1788-1837) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1811-1813. His notebooks consist of 6 volumes of law lecture notes  from classes of Tapping Reeve and James Gould from 1811-1813. Topics in Volume 1 include Municipal Law, Baron and Feme, Parent and Child; Volume 2 - Sheriffs and Jailors, Executors and Administrators, Contracts;  Volume 3 - Bailment, Contracts; Private Wrongs; Volume 4 - Pleas and Pleadings; Evidence, Powers of Chancery; Volume 5 - Real Property, Mortgages, Trespass; Volume 6 - Criminal Law, Mercantile Law, practice of Connecticut; and an appendix of questions discussed in Moot Hall.
Item 12: Painter, Alexis, circa 1817Add to your cart.
Alexis Painter (1794-1867) was a student at the Litchfield Law School  in 1817. His one volume of law lecture notes from classes of Tapping Reeve and James Gould includes various topics including Contracts, Bailments, Covenant Broken, and Evidence, and includes an index.
Item 13: Seymour, Origen Storrs, 1824Add to your cart.

Origen Storrs Seymour (1804-1881) was a student at the Litchfield Law School in 1824. His notebooks consist of 6 volumes of lecture notes from classes taught by James Gould.  On the binding of his 6 volumes of law lecture notes: "Gould's Lectures" and "O.S. Seymour".

Some subjects included are: Vol. 1 - Municipal Law, Husband and Wife, Parent and Child; Vol. 2 - Actions, Pregotive Rights,Real Property; Vol. 3 - Real Property, Trepass; Farudulent Conveyance; Powers of Chancery; Vol. 5 - Pleadings, New Trilas, Evidence; Vol. 6 - Sheriffs and Jailors, Bailments, Bills of Exchange, Master and servant.

Origen S.Seymour also served at an assistant to Judge Gould in the Law School.

Item 14: Sheldon, Daniel, Jr., 1824Add to your cart.
Daniel Sheldon, Jr. (1780-1828) attended the Litchfield Law School in 1798. His one volume of law lecture notes from classes at the School includes the topics: Municipal Law, Husband and Wife; Parent and Child; Executors and Administrators; Contracts and Bailments; Action of Assumpsit; Private Wrongs; Mortgages; and Prerogative Writs.
Item 15: Student Notebook (5 volumes), probably 1817Add to your cart.
The only date in these lecture notes is on page 323 of Vol. 5 and that is "July 1817". There are 5 volumes of law lecture notes by an unidentified student of the Litchfield Law School. Some of the topics in the volumes (numbers assigned by Litchfield Historical Society staff) are: Vol. I - Real property, execution and administration; Vol. 2 - Municipal law, Parent and Child, Contracts; Vol. 3 - Bailments, Actions, Trespass; Vol. 4 - Pleas and Pleadings; Vol. 5 - Law of Charter Party, Actions, Criminal Laws.
Item 16: Student Notebook (66 pages)Add to your cart.
Law lecture notes by an inidentified student at the Litchfield Law School. These notes total 66 pages. Two topics are included : Municipal Law, and Husband and Wife.
Item 17: Student Notebook (85 pages), 1830 AugAdd to your cart.
One volume of law lecture notes taken by an unidentified student in classes taught by James Gould at the Litchfield Law School. The only topic is Criminal Law which consists of 85 pages.
Item 18: Student Notebook  (93 pages)Add to your cart.
One volume, consisting of 93 pages, of law lecture notes taken by an unidentified student in classes taught at the Litchfield Law School. The notes are undated. Some of the topics include: Husband and Wife, Executors and Administrators, Parent and Child.
Item 19: Student Notebook (148 pages)Add to your cart.
One volume of undated law lecture notes taken by an unidentified student in classes taught at the Litchfield Law School. At the heading of the first page is "Contracts"  followed by a numbered sequence of 742 sentences/paragraphs.
Sub-Series 2: Tapping Reeve Papers, 1785-1819Add to your cart.
This sub-series includes correspondence of Tapping Reeve, papers created as part of his official duties, and other miscellaneous personal papers.
Folder 1: Reeve, Tapping Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to his second wife, Elizabeth "Betsey" Thompson Reeve, notes his arrival and that his grandson, Tapping Burr Reeve, is not in good health.  Requests that she send him news of her health and business at home; Undated note to Mr. Tracy [Uriah] regarding a court case, Benedict vs. Bronson.
Folder 2: Reeve, Tapping Correspondence, 1785, 1799Add to your cart.
Two letters written by Tapping Reeve.
Item 1: Reeve, Tapping to Sedgewick, Theodore, 1785 Dec 15Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Encloses a note and informs him of details of legal matters; gives him news of Sally Burr Reeve's health and notes that he hopes to visit.
Item 2: Reeve, Tapping, 1799 May 4Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to unknown recipient giving details of payments on Reeve's accounts.
Folder 3: Reeve, Tapping Correspondence, 1812, 1819Add to your cart.
Two letters written by Tapping Reeve.
Item 1: Reeve, Tapping to Peck, Sally Adams, 1812 Mar 12Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
One letter to a recently married young woman advising her in religious matters and wishing her happiness.
Item 2: Reeve, Tapping to Cushman, John P. (John Paine), 1819 Jan 22Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Writes to Cushman who is serving in Congress to ascertain whether he would locate some copies of Reeve's Domestic Relations publication that were sent to Washington for sale.  He would like Cushman to try and interest members of Congress, judges and lawyers in purchasing them.  Teases Cushman that he hopes his wife (Maria Tallmadge Cushman) will not give him any quiet until the matter is settled.
Folder 4: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, undated, 1788-1792Add to your cart.
Five documents listing court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.  One includes fees and expenses for committing Catharine Pain to jail, no charge is listed.
Folder 5: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, 1793Add to your cart.
Primarily lists of court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.  Includes court orders for collection of moneys owed.
Folder 6: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, 1794-1798Add to your cart.
Primarily lists of court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.
Folder 7: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, 1800-1804Add to your cart.
Primarily lists of court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.  Charges include arson, adultery, bigamy and forgery.
Folder 8: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, 1806-1807Add to your cart.
Primarily lists of court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.  Includes charges for the expenses of imprisoning Selleck Osborn, editor of the Litchfield newspaper The Witness, for libel.
Folder 9: Reeve, Tapping Court Records, 1808-1809Add to your cart.
Primarily lists of court expenses, jailers' fees, and taxes taken or accounted for by Tapping Reeve.  Includes a bail notice in a counterfeiting case.
Folder 10: Reeve, Tapping Law Library, 1795, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Two documents listing books in Tapping Reeve's law library.
Sub-Series 3: Other Papers, 1793-1842Add to your cart.
This sub-series includes correspondence of  James Gould, Elizabeth Reeve, and students of the Litchfield Law School both during and after their attendance.  It also includes bills and receipts for expenses, deeds, and other records.
Folder 1: Calhoun, John C., 1810 Feb 10Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
One letter of introduction to Tapping Reeve informing him that William Martin proposes to attend his "much valued" Law School.  Calhoun provides character information and goes on to thank Reeve for the advantages derived from his instruction.
Folder 2: Connecticut. District Court, 1827 Sep 8Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Certificate of copyright for the work "A System of Municipal Law, Comprised in a Course of Lectures Delivered at Litchfield in the State of Connecticut by James Gould."
Folder 3: Gould, James, 1827 Aug 9Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
One letter to Augustus Cincinnatus Hand replying to Hand's correspondence of July 28th.  Gould explains the terms of the Law School and an approximation of when each subject will be touched upon.  He notes that preparatory study is unnecessary.
Folder 4: Hand, Augustus Cincinnatus, 1827-1828Add to your cart.

Two letters from Hand to his father and one to his brother written from Litchfield during his time as a Law School student.

Fragile- use facsimile whenever possible. Letters received conservation treatment in September 2010.

Item 1: Hand, Augustus Cincinnatus to Hand, Samuel, 1827 Nov 12Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to his father from Litchfield. Parts are obstructed due to condition.  Describes his travel to Litchfield and his reception by Judge Gould; gives an account of his expenses and his dinner companions; explains his course of study and schedule as well as the system of note taking; describes the weather and notes his desire to hear from home.
Item 2: Hand, Augustus Cincinnatus to Hand, Richard Charles, 1828 Jan 7Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to his brother describing the course of his studies; describes Judge Gould and mentions his drinking; states a catalog of students is being published and notes he will send one upon completion; describes moot court activities and his teachers; gives details about the Presbyterian minister.
Item 3: Hand, Augustus Cincinnatus to Hand, Samuel, 1828 Jan 30Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to his father requesting money.  Provides a detailed explanation for why it is necessary; outlines his daily activities; describes business propositions.
Folder 5: Litchfield Law School Moothall Society, 1796-1798Add to your cart.
Two volumes of Reports of the Cases disputed and determined in Mr. Reeve's Offices and a two page document listing rules for the Society formed by students for the purpose of disputing questions.
Item 1: Litchfield Law School Moothall Society Rules, 1796Add to your cart.
List of rules made up by the students of the Litchfield Law School who formed a Society for the purpose of disputing questions.  The document is undated, but the students who signed it attended in 1796.
Item 2: Litchfield Law School Moothall Society Case Reports, 1796-1798Add to your cart.

This volume dates 8 Dec 1796 - 28 Jul 1797.  Lists the students who participated in the moot court as well as minutes of the cases argued and Tapping Reeve's input on the rulings made.

Note: Bound Volumes shelved with Litchfield Law School Student Notebooks

Item 3: Litchfield Law School Moothall Society Case Reports, 1796-1798Add to your cart.

This volume dates from 1797 Aug 5 - 1798 Jul 12.  Lists the students who participated in the moot court as well as minutes of the cases argued and Tapping Reeve's input on the rulings made.

Note: Bound Volumes shelved with Litchfield Law School Student Notebooks

Folder 6: Litchfield Law School Program, 1827Add to your cart.
Program describing a celebration of American independence to be undertaken by the Students of the Law Office.  Includes detailed information about a procession to be followed by hymns and prayer.  The event concluded with a dinner provided by Mr. [Julius] Deming.  Lists the Committee of Arrangement.
Folder 7: Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1814 Dec 7Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
One letter to his parents giving fee schedule; explains that he need not pay until he finishes his course of study; also outlines expenses of board, room, wood, washing, candles, paper, and miscellaneous.  Provides the names of his lectures and discusses the town.  Morse includes a map of the center of town.
Folder 8: Ormsbee, Edgar L. (Edgar Leonard), 1827 Jul 19Add to your cart.
One letter to Augustus Cincinnatus Hand responding to Hand's inquiry about the course of study at the Litchfield Law School.  Describes the courses; notes that expenses are about one forth higher than other New England villages of similar size.
Folder 9: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson, 1820-1827Add to your cart.
Four letters to John Cotton Smith.
Item 1: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson to Smith, John Cotton, 1820 Apr 6Add to your cart.
Writes a letter on behalf of her husband, Tapping Reeve, to thank Smith for his letter; describes Reeve's illness; details a conversation Reeve had with Judge Johnson and Johnson's commentary on the constitution and early government; notes disappointment and not seeing Smith and his wife; notes that attendance at the Law School is down and remarks that Reeve's poor health may render him unable to print his second volume.
Item 2: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson to Smith, John Cotton, 1824 Nov 9Add to your cart.
Has attempted to find a way to visit Smith and his wife without success; had wished to obtain advice about a manuscript; explains various difficulties in publishing a sermon (likely the sermon preached by Lyman Beecher at the funeral of Tapping Reeve); describes financial hardships and solicits Smith's advice.
Item 3: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson to Smith, John Cotton, 1825 Jan 12Add to your cart.
Reeve thanks Smith for his assistance in preparing a manuscript; looks forward to an upcoming visit and requests the Smith's grandson accompany them.
Item 4: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson to Smith, John Cotton, 1827 Aug 27Add to your cart.
Forwards sermons to Smith; describes the health of her grandson Tapping Burr Reeve; requests the Smith's visit; requests plumbs for preserving; describes a visit from a Mr. & Mrs. Burr and their children.
Folder 10: Reeve, Elizabeth Thompson, 1842Add to your cart.
Inventory of the estate of Elizabeth Thompson Reeve with three invoices, one from Truman Munger for services as sexton, one from David C. Bulkley for a mahogany coffin & plate, and one to R.M. Woodruff to balance accounts.
Folder 11: Reeve, Tapping and Reeve, Elizabeth Deeds, 1793-1833Add to your cart.
Six deeds for property in Litchfield purchased, leased, or sold by Tapping and/or Elizabeth Thompson Reeve
Folder 12: Seymour, Mabel Strong, 1828 Apr 28Add to your cart.
Receipt for six months room rent ($22.50) paid by Augustus Cincinnatus Hand at $45 per year.
Folder 13: Smith, John Cotton, 1817Add to your cart.
Letter to Tapping Reeve from John Cotton Smith enclosing a second letter from J. B. Lucas informing him of William Lucas's intention to study law with Reeve.
Item 1: Smith, John Cotton to Reeve, Tapping, 1817 Dec 2Add to your cart.
Sends a letter of introduction with William Lucas, who wishes to study law with Reeve.  He encloses a letter sent to Smith by Lucas's father, John Baptiste Charles Lucas, and notes that he is one of the judges of the superior court in the Missouri territory.
Item 2: Lucas, John B. C. (John Baptiste Charles) to Smith, John Cotton, 1817 Oct 12Add to your cart.
Request that Smith help his son William in pursuing studies with Tapping Reeve.  Gives details of why he believes this would be advantageous.
Folder 14: Stites, Richard Wayne, 1823 Jan 25Add to your cart.
One letter to Tapping Reeve detailing the whereabouts of Reeve's Domestic Relations.  Stites notes receipt of a letter from Ebenezer Jackson of Georgia who left them in the possession of a Mr. Woodbridge; wishes Reeve to communicate what he wishes done with the volumes.
Folder 15: Thompson, William H. and Webb, Charles L., 1842Add to your cart.
Inventory of the estate of Elizabeth Thompson Reeve and accounts of its settlement.  Thompson and Webb were appointed executors of the estate and S.P. Bolles and Ozias Lewis were its appraisers.  Volume includes various receipts inserted in pages.
Folder 16: Woodruff, Elizabeth Reeve (Thompson), 1842 Dec 14Add to your cart.
Elizabeth Reeve Thompson writes to her mother giving details of the death of her aunt, Elizabeth Thompson Reeve.  Gives news of the Woodruff family and asks for family news.

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