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The Brandon Iron Company Records contain 23 letters written by John A. Conant on behalf of the firm C.W. and J.A. Conant (later Brandon Iron Company) to their retailer, Henry W. Miller, of Worcester, Massachusetts. The letters document the relationship between the wholesaler and retailer, and contain material on stove design and function. A series of three letters (3-5) provides a detailed discussion of a suit for infringement of patent rights, Stanley v. Town, concerning a stove manufactured by the Conants. The defendants hired Roger M. Sherman as attorney; whether he bears any relationship to Roger Sherman of Revolutionary War fame is not mentioned.