Samuel M. Barclay collection
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This collection contains 21 incoming letters to Samuel Barclay, a lawyer in Bedford, Pennsylvania, between 1831 and 1849. The correspondence primarily concerns his legal career, and 2 letters relate to his service as a Pennsylvania state senator.
Barclay received these letters between 1831-1839 and 1844-1849, and most pertain to the writers' legal affairs (often financial matters such as debts and inheritance). Many correspondents requested Barclay's legal assistance in drawing bills or collecting money. Though Barclay lived in Bedford, Pennsylvania, several writers lived in Baltimore, Maryland, including John Edgar, a frequent correspondent who was concerned with legal claims and collections and who often complained that Barclay was ignoring him. Two letters pertain to contemporary Pennsylvania politics and to Barclay's term in the Pennsylvania Senate.