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
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Theodore Leonard Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
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.
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.
Banks and banking--United States.
Bradford County (Pa.)
Connecticut--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Springfield (Bradford County, Pa.)
United States--Politics and government--1815-1861.