• Relative of Gen. Putnam Seeks Legal Help for Woman Thrown From Wagon

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    RUFUS PUTNAM, born in Warren, MA, was a relative of General Rufus Putnam. Gen. Putnam fought in the Revolutionary War and is considered the father of Ohio. The younger Rufus was born in 1783 and practiced law in Rutland, MA.

    William Elijah Green (1777-1863) was an attorney in Worcester, MA. He married Julia Plimpton and the couple had 11 children.

    Two ALS, Putnam writing to Green.

    One page, 8 1/4" x 13", August 10, 1819, Rutland [MA]. "Mrs. E. T. Child has handed me a letter which she rec'd from you stating that her Brother Arthur had left with you a demand against her. She has consulted with me and from her information, her Brother will not prevail. But as you have rec'd the demand I have no wishes to interfere in your professional business farther than to request you to appoint the Court (if you use the demand) on some other day than the Saturday before the sitting of the CCCP. She is not only a woman, but has met with an accident by being thrown out of a wagon & lamed which will deprive her of the journey calling on any other attorney to consult with about the business. She has requested me to defend the suite. But I cannot possibly attend to her business out of town on that day because I have a Justice Court to attend here that day. By complying with this request, you will not only confer a merited favor on her but will oblige your humble servt. R. Putnam."

    [postscript] "Perhaps she is not quite so much of a nag as you have been informed she was."

    Verso contains a fine Free Frank by Putnam with an integral address leaf to Green and a note: "The P.M. will confer a favor by forwarding this on this evening..." 

    Letter has a seal tear and a small hole affecting several words. Irregular right and bottom margins. Two small tears reinforced with archival tape. 

    Second letter: One page, 7 3/4" x 9 1/2", April 10, 1826, Rutland [MA]. "Sir the amount of the account in favor of Doctor McFarland's estate v. Barnum Hodges is $2.57 which I shall expect he will settle with me at the April Term of the...Court. Yours respectfully, Rufus Putnam" Nice Free Frank by Putnam with integral address leaf. 

    Seal tear reinforced with archival tape.

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