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Henry Wharton letterpress copybook

Ms. Codex 1744

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Wharton, Henry, 1827-1880
Title:
Henry Wharton letterpress copybook
Date [inclusive]:
1874-1878
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1744
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
This oversize volume is a letterpress copybook containing the outgoing correspondence of Henry Wharton's law practice in Philadelphia, located in Washington Square. The letters span almost four years from 1874 to 1878. Wharton's practice served prominent Philadelphians and dealt with many facets of real estate law prominent Philadelphians. Some letters concern Philadelphia ordinances and legal matters.
Cite as:
Henry Wharton letterpress copybook, 1874-1878, Ms. Codex 1744, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Wharton was the youngest of four children born to Arabella Griffith and Thomas Isaac Wharton (1791-1856), a prominent Philadelphia lawyer. Henry Wharton attended the University of Pennsylvania receiving his bachelor of arts degree in 1846 and his masters degree in 1849. Wharton studied law under his father and eventually took over the practice. Wharton became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, legal writer, and editor. His legal practice dealt with many facets of real estate law. In 1858 Henry Wharton married Katharine Johnstone Brinley and they had six children.

Scope and Contents

This oversize volume with a red leather spine and corners is a letterpress copybook containing the outgoing correspondence of Henry Wharton's law practice in Philadelphia, located in Washington Square. The letters span almost four years beginning on July 20, 1874 and ending on January 18, 1878. At the beginning of the volume is an alphabetical index followed by 700 numbered leaves in chronological order. The correspondence is copied on leaves 1 to 693. The alphabetical index has thumb tabs from a to z in red and black ink listing names followed by the corresponding page numbers. The copied letters in the volume are in four different hands. In some instances there are two letters on one leaf and some letters span several leaves. The correspondence from Wharton is addressed to clients, lawyers, judges, and politicians and chiefly concern all aspects of real estate law including wills, trusts, transfers, mortgages, and collateral. Many of the almost 300 of Wharton's clients and correspondents are prominent Philadelphians, individuals, and families such as, Biddle, Cadwallader, Dechert, Ingersoll, Lea, Morris, Price, Rawle, and Wharton. Some correspondence concerns Wharton's attention to Philadelphia ordinances and legal matters. In some instances he wrote judges providing his opinion and arguments regarding a new law or ruling. A handwritten copy of a letter on ruled legal paper is laid in the volume before leaf 630, dated July 16, 1877. "Henry Wharton, January 17, 1874, 204 W. Washington Square" appears on the verso of the first leaf. "Letters" is stamped in gold on the spine of the volume. Some leaves in the letter book are torn.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  April 2016

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is available for research 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.

Custodial History note

Label pasted on inside front cover: James Hogan, blank book manufacturer, stationer, and printer, No. 339 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Label pasted on inside front cover: S & L, Paris dépôse. A red and white octoganal label with an image of a crowned eagle.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by The Lawbook Exchange (Clark, New Jersey), 2015

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Correspondence
  • Finding tabs
  • Letter books
  • Letterpress copybooks
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--History--19th century--Sources
Subject(s)
  • Lawyers--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century
  • Real property--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Henry Wharton letterpress copybook, 1874-1878. 1 volume.

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