This collection contains Theodore Leonard's retained drafts of political letters, essays, and a play, as well as financial records, documents, and poetry. Leonard, a farmer who lived in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in the early 19th century, wrote primarily about economic affairs and local and national political issues, such as elected offices and political parties.
Leonard commented on a variety of topics in his mostly undated letters and essays, and addressed his writings to political party affiliates, prominent county residents, Governor William F. Johnston (1 item), and unidentified correspondents. Though he most frequently discussed local political offices and appointments, he also wrote about the purpose of government and economic issues, such as taxes, tariffs, and banks. One essay concerns the Irish economy.
A single packet of drafts includes at least 10 distinct documents, and another contains detailed information about the government, laws, and legal procedures of Connecticut. One business letter concerns a sawmill in Springfield, Pennsylvania (January 31, 1832), and other fragments, documents, and receipts relate to different aspects of Leonard's financial affairs, such as land ownership in Springfield, and his subscription to the Democratic Union newspaper. Also included are a document certifying Leonard's election as "auditor" for Springfield (February 1840) and 2 pages of poetry. A partial play, written on pieces of a printed proclamation, is entitled "The Captives Redeemed: A Historical Tragedy in Three Acts." The 6 pages originate from Act I, Scene 1.