Robert Sedgwick and Theodore Sedgwick III papers
Letters written to New York city attorneys Robert and Theodore Sedgwick between the years 1832-1849. Most of the correspondence relates to legal business but there are occasional references to politics, personal news and family information.
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This collection contains letters written to Robert Sedgwick (1787-1841) and Theodore Sedgwick III (1811-1859) as part of their law practice.
The practice was established by Robert and his brother, Henry Dwight Sedgwick. Theodore (Roberts nephew) joined the office in 1835, taking over in 1838 after Robert suffered a stroke. Most of the correspondence relates to legal business but there are occasional references to politics, personal news and family information. One of the more notable cases mentioned is the Fanny Kemble - Pierce Butler libel suit and divorce case. This case is discussed in letters written by Benjamin Gerhard to Theodore from 1847-1849.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired November 2002.
Processed by Rebecca Fenning,February 2006.
- Sedgwick, Robert and Theodore III. Papers, 1832-1849.
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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