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John Scott collection of letters

Ms. Coll. 975

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Scott, John, 1824-1896
Title:
John Scott collection of letters
Date [bulk]:
1873-1874
Date [inclusive]:
1854-1874
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 975
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Language:
English
Language Note:
The letters are in English. Several of them have Scott's shorthand (apparently Pitman system) reply.
Abstract:
John Scott (1824-1896) was an American lawyer who served as U.S. senator from Pennsylvania from 1868 to 1875. The collection consists of letters written to him by colleagues and private citizens, and several of them feature Scott's shorthand reply.
Cite as:
John Scott collection of letters, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

John Scott (1824-1896), son of John and Agnes Scott, was an American lawyer and statesman from Pennsylvania. Born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, he attended Marshall College (modern Franklin & Marshall College) and returned to Huntingdon where he practiced law from 1846 to 1869, serving as a prosecuting attorney from 1846 to 1849. A member of the Republican party, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1862 to 1868. In 1868, he ran successfully for the United States Senate, where he served until 1875. In 1870 he convened an inquiry into the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan, and participated in the 1871-1872 Congressional investigation on the status of Reconstruction in former states of the Confederacy. He also served on the United States Senate Committee on Claims during the 43rd Congress from 1873 to 1875. He was not a candidate for re-election in 1875, and relocated to Pittsburgh where he served as general counsel of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1875 to 1877 and general solicitor from 1877 to 1895. He died in Philadelphia in 1896 and is buried at Woodlands Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The John Scott collection consists of letters and telegrams written to John Scott, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1868 to 1875, by constituents, colleagues, and correspondents. The letters' subject matter is varied, reflecting the concerns and interests of numerous constituents and individuals concerning local affairs, favors, and Republican party politics during the Reconstruction Era. The collection is organized chronologically, and multiple items falling under the same date are organized alphabetically within that date. This organization recreates the approximate order in which Scott received these letters, and thus reconstructs "a month in the life" of the senator via his correspondence.

Due to the sundry topics broached by the letters there is no single subject concentration within the collection. Rather, it is a relatively concentrated snapshot of a senator's daily interaction with his correspondents. Several letters have Scott's reply in shorthand. The collection will be of interest to researchers studying the correspondence of U.S. politicians and the daily business of interacting with constituents during the Reconstruction Era.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2014 May 6

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kevin Stuart Lee

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researchers to use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • United States. Congress.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Pope, Daniel, autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1854 January 27.

1 1

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Comly, S.J. autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 1.

1 2

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Beckley, D.A., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 2.

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Fisher, H.G., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 2.

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Fradenburgh, J.N., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 3.

1 5

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Lessig, W.H., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 3.

1 6

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Brenner, David B., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 5.

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Clarke, James C., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 5.

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Bishop, W.D., autographed letter from to "Dennis.", 1873 January 8.

1 9

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Nevin, D.R.B., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 8.

1 10

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Scott, Thomas A., autographed letter signed from to John Scott, 1873 January 8.

1 11

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Comly, S.J., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 9.

1 12

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Fradenburgh, J.N., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 14.

1 13

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Maguire, Edward, autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 14.

1 14

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McCullach, A.B., autographed letter signed from, 1873 January 19.

1 15

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Crawford, S.W., autographed letter signed from, 1873 December 9.

1 16

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Woodward, George W., autographed letter signed from, 1873 December 22.

1 17

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Robeson, D.E., manuscript letter from, 1873 December 23.

1 18

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McCune, Seth R.M., autographed letter signed from, 1873 December 29.

1 19

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Mercur, Ulysses, autographed letter signed from, 1873 December 31.

1 20

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Bercher, J.C., autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand response, 1874 January 1.

1 21

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Bigham, T.J., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 1.

1 22

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Harper, Samuel, autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand response, 1874 January 1.

1 23

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Madeira, Louis C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 1.

1 24

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Wright, N.G., manuscript letter from, 1874 January 1.

1 25

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Foulk, W.L., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 December 2.

1 26

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Knoor, Samuel, autographed letter signed from, 2 January 1874.

1 27

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Simpson, J.A., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 2.

1 28

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Faust, A.J., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 30

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Fencate, Fred, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 29

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Irwin, W.B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 31

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Morrell, D.J., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 32

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Redd, Thomas, M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 33

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Stewart, John G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 34

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Ward, J.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 3.

1 35

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Allen, David, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 5.

1 36

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Dobson, J.R., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 5.

1 37

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Girard, G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 5.

1 38

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Gould, John P., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 5.

1 39

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Shellaberger, A.G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 5.

1 40

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Bailey, J.M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 6.

1 41

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Brown, Samuel T., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 6.

1 42

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Crane, Robert, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 6.

1 43

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Hughes, F.W., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 6.

1 44

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Burchinell, William K., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 7.

1 45

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Searight, T.B., autographed telegram from, 1874 January 7.

1 46

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Beaver, James A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 47

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Bigham, J. Thomas, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 48

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Eyster, George, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 49

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Forman, George W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 50

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Kane, D., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 51

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Kinney, John T., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 52

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Maguire, Thomas A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 53

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Rutan, J.S., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 8.

1 54

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Shannon, P.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 8.

1 55

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Eyster, George, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 9.

1 56

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Hayes, John L., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 9.

1 57

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White, R. Lyle, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 9.

1 58

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Ferguson, T.J., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 10.

1 59

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Fisher, H.G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 10.

1 60

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McComb, John, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 10.

1 61

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Rutan, S.J., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 10.

1 62

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Hudson, M.F., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 11.

1 63

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Vincent, J.P., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 11.

1 64

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D., P.F., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 12.

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Elder, Cyrus, autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 12.

1 66

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Henderson, D.S., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

1 68

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Howard, W.J., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 12.

1 69

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Lilly, W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

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Leas, William B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

1 71

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Lythe, John W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

1 72

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McComb, John, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

1 73

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McCormick, G.T., autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 12.

1 74

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Pearce, Stewart, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

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Tyhurst, A., autographed letter signed, 1874 January 12.

1 76

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Vincent, J.P., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 12.

1 77

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Eyster, George, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

1 78

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Hubbell, W.M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

1 79

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Leech, John M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

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Moore, A.P., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

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Owens, G.W., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 31.

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Rex, M.L., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

1 83

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Scott, Thomas A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 13.

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Dialogue & Wood, autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 14.

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Embick, F.E., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 14.

1 86

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Eyster, George, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 14.

1 87

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Hatfield, Benjamin R., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 14.

1 88

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Shellaberger, A.G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 14.

1 89

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Anders, C.H., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 15.

1 91

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Elliott, John, autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 15.

1 92

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Howard, W.J., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 15.

1 93

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Slagle, John S., autographed telegram signed from, 1874 January 15.

1 94

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Avesthook, Robert S., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

1 95

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Boyle, E. Mell, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

1 96

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Burchinell, William K., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

1 97

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Coutbrith[?], J.M., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 16.

1 98

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Hoffman, H.B., autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 16.

1 99

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Knight, B.A.[?], autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

1 100

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Forell, K. Allen, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

2 1

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Lysto, Milton S., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 16.

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Dregler, J.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 17.

2 3

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Elder, Cyrus, autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 17.

2 4

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Macmanus, W.P., 2 autographed letters signed from, 1874 January 17.

2 5

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Dewey, S.S., autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 19.

2 6

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Girard, G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 19.

2 7

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MacVeagh, Wayne, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 19.

2 8

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McElwain, Robert, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 19.

2 9

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Denniston, W.H., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 20.

2 11

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Knight, E.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 12

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MacFarlane, James, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 13

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McMurray, Jane, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 14

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Parkehurst, Joseph, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 15

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Snowdon, J. & Son, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 16

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Toole, Eleanor M., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 20.

2 17

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Turlett, John, autographed letter signed with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 20.

2 18

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West, J.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 19

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Wilson, E.B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

2 20

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Baird, Henry C., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 21.

2 21

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Brewster, John, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 21.

2 22

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Brown, S.W., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 21.

2 23

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Heaton, Jos. P., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 21.

1 67

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Over, David, autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 21.

2 24

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Richardson, W.A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 21.

2 25

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Swank, James M., autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 21.

2 26

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Tassy, J.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 21.

2 27

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Brindle, William, autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 22.

2 28

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Fitzgerald & Co., autographed letter signed from and Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 22.

2 29

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Knight, E.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 22.

2 30

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Wharton, Yates & Co., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 22.

2 31

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Scott, John, Secretarial draft to S.G. Lane, undated.

2 32

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Baird, Henry C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 20.

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Blodget, L., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 23.

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Lane, Sam G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 23.

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Marshall, H.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 23.

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Shafer, Noah W., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 23.

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Watts, Frederick, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 23.

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Dalgliesh, William M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 24.

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Sill, James, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 24.

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Watts, Frederick, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 24.

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Swank, George T., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 25.

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Blodget, Lona, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Elder, Cyrus, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Foltz, J.M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Greene, S. Miles, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Landis, John H., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Messersmith, G.R., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Neafie, John, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Slagle, John S., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Snowdon, J. & Son, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 26.

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Goshorn, A.T., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Allender, H.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Baird, Henry Carey, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Boone, W.F., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Hamilton, Hugh, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Swank, James M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 27.

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Anderson, Alex A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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Eyster, George, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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Purby, George D., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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Sapp, Harry A., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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Searight, T.B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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White, Thomas E., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

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Wilson, S.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 28.

2 63

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Ashcom, J.P., autographed letter signed from with Scott's shorthand reply, 1874 January 29.

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Boyd, Charles S., autographed letter signed from, 1879 January 29.

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Clarkson, D., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 29.

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Johnston, Amelia G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 29.

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Kennedy, J.H., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 29.

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Nevin, D.R.B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 29.

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Eyster, G.W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Hunter, W.B., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Pennington, John L., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Shannon, P.C., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Stewart, John G., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Widner, William K., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 30.

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Baird, Henry Carey, autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 31.

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Bloss & Cogswell, autographed letter signed from, 1879 January 31.

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Goggin, R.J., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 31.

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Swank, James M., autographed letter signed from, 1874 January 31.

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Scott, John C., secretarial draft, [1874 January?].

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Walton, Helen M., autographed letter signed from, [1874 January?].

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Walton, Helen M., autographed letter signed from, [1874 January?].

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Riley, Joseph W., autographed letter signed from, 1874 July 20.

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Unsigned manuscript document, [1874 October 1?].

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Scott, John, secretarial draft to S. Comly, [1874?].

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Wickersham, J.P., typed letter from, 1874 January 14.

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