Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Book: A Working Lawyer's Life

Drawing from material in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room, BC Law's Curator of Rare Books / Collection Development Librarian Karen S. Beck has published a book: A Working Lawyer's Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter 1879-1884.

Senter (1848-1916) was a lawyer who practiced in the small town of Warren, Vermont. His letter book was donated to the BC Law Library by Professor Emeritus Richard G. Huber. The letter book contains 326 letters copied between April 1879 and 1884, which record his business dealings, goals and thoughts. Richly detailed and often frank, these letters take us into the world of a small-town lawyer in the late nineteenth century. They introduce us to his clients, the legal matters he addressed, the way he ran his business and his daily difficulties (such as clients who failed to pay their bills).

This book has two parts. The first part is a biography of Senter and a history of his practice. The second is a transcription of the letter book.


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