This collection contains a letter book (72 pages) and 29 retained drafts of Dr. Henry M. Van Solingen's outgoing correspondence, which relate to his financial affairs. Much of the material concerns Van Solingen's ownership of land in northern Ohio during the early 19th century.
The letter book (September 26, 1821-March 1, 1828) and drafts (March , 1820-June 20, 1838) are made up of Dr. Van Solingen's letters to numerous correspondents, including William Townsend, Jacob Arnold, David B. Ogden, and others. Many of the drafts were written on cover sheets initially addressed to Van Solingen's wife, Henrietta Wynkoop; on the reverse side of printed invitations; or on partially printed financial documents. The annotated drafts often concern Van Solingen's farmland in Avery, Townsend, and Milan, Ohio, which he rented to settlers and later considered selling. In addition to Van Solingen's outgoing correspondence, the letter book also holds copies of a small number of his incoming business letters, mostly regarding rent payments and other financial affairs related to unspecified land holdings.