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National Bankruptcy Archives early documents


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University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
Finding Aid Author
Jordon Steele

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Metropolitan Mercantile Agency, 1883.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Metropolian Mercantile Agnecy, Geo W. Bristol, General Manager. Telegraph Print, Norwich, Connecticut. Undated, but internal date stamp of 1883.

Small flexible red silk moire gil-stamped binding stiched volume, 42 pages. Small institutional hand-stamp to title page.

This was a legal directory of attorneys across America, their addresses, county, and state who could collect outstanding deb.ts The Mercantile Agency also offered to provide credit reports and character statements of business owners and their dealings. Testimonials are also printed.

Autograph letter signed, 1804.
Box 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Autograph Letter Signed, A.Rabeau to Reverend Burgess Allison of the Academy of Bordenton, New Jersey in 1804. Rabeau describes his failed attempts to repay money and creditors; no opportunities to reunite with his family in Amerca. Letter signed, "Curton 15 miles from Bordeaux, October 15, 1804.

Quarto, 2pp. and integral address leaf, wax seal, transmitted by ship mail. The ALS is entirely written in English by an accomplished hand. Normal folds, one small split, clean and very good condition.

Bankrupty of Matthias Slough, approximately 1796-1798.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

The 1787 bankruptcy of Matthias Slough. Four manuscript documents, (clerk's copies ca. 1796-1798), likely concerning lands once owned by Slough, still in dispute into the 1970s.

1] Commissioning of Pennsylvania Bankrupcty Special Commissioners in the matter of Matthias Slough issued 1787 and copied 179_, copy acknowledged by I. Hamilton and Thos. Duncan, attorneys.

2] Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Note on the issuing of a bond in the matter of Slough's bankruptcy copied 1976. Copy acknowledged by Hamilton and Duncan.

3] Indenture turning over Slough's property to the Commissioners copied 1796. Copy acknowledged by Hamilton and Duncan.

4] Indenture concerning Matthias Slough "A bankrupt" regarding various tracts of land and copied in 1798. Copy acknowledged by Hamilton and Duncan.

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