Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Theodore Leonard Collection, 1824-1850

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Theodore Leonard collection
Creator: Leonard, Theodore, 1775-1860
Inclusive dates: 1824-1850
Extent: 22 items
Abstract:
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 local and national political issues, such as elected offices, political parties, and economic affairs.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2003. M-4286.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Theodore Leonard collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Documents and Financial Records
  • Series III: Writings

Each series is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Theodore Leonard was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1775, the son of Austin and Nancy Leonard. He later moved to Springfield in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where he became a farmer. Leonard took an interest in local and state political affairs and wrote to politicians and political party affiliates. He had at least one son, Lafayette. Theodore Leonard died in 1860.


Collection Scope and Content Note

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Banks and banking--United States.
    • Bradford County (Pa.)
    • Connecticut--Politics and government--1775-1865.
    • Ireland--Economic conditions.
    • Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1775-1865.
    • Springfield (Bradford County, Pa.)
    • Tariff--United States.
    • United States--Politics and government--1815-1861.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Poems.
    • Plays (document genre)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   8, Small Collections  
    Correspondence [series]:
    Folder   17  
      January 1, 1824-March 4, 1846, and  undated
     
    Documents and financial records [series]:
    Folder   18  
     1826-1850
     
    Writings [series]:
    Folders   19-20  
    Essays, poetry, and fragments,  undated
    Folders   19-20  
    Play, "The Captives Redeemed,"  undated (fragment)
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    The following item is housed in the Book Division: Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Clinton Liberal Institute, at Fort Plain, Montgomery Co., N.Y., for the Year Ending June 1888. Fort Plain, N.Y.: Mohowk Valley Register Print. House, 1888.