A Lawyer of Kent: Barzillai Slosson and His Account Books, 1794-1812

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TERCENTENARY COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT COMMITTEE ON HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS XLVII


A Lawyer of Kent:
Barzillai Slosson and His Account
Books, 1794-1812

MABEL SEYMOUR With the collaboration of Elizabeth Forgeus1


I

ONE of the interesting historical documents in the Library of the Yale Law School is a manuscript daybook kept by a Connecticut lawyer, Barzillai Slosson of Kent, to record the legal business he transacted from the month of June, 1795, shortly after he had opened an office and begun practice in the lower courts, to the last of September, 1798, by which time he had attained the status of a local magistrate, a member of the General Assembly, and a practitioner in the Superior Court. The writer's reputation for accuracy was a tradition of the Litchfield County Bar, and the fidelity with which his records reflect the conditions under which the Connecticut lawyer lived and practiced in the last years of the eighteenth century is beyond question.

The manuscript was presented to the Yale Law Li

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Assistant Librarian of the Yale Law School.

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