Smith, Thomas, 1745-1809
|Title: ||Thomas Smith family papers|
|Dates: ||Bulk, 1793-1810|
1.25 Linear feet
(1 oversize box and 8 folders)
|Coll. Number: ||ms1055|
Thomas Smith was born in Scotland in 1745 and later attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Afterwards, he immigrated to the United States, settling in Pennyslvania in 1769. He became a deputy surveyor the same year and studed law in the colonies. After many other civil service positions, he served in the Revolutionary Army as a deputy colonel in the militia. He was also a delegate to the Pennyslvania state constitutional convention in 1776. Later, Smith was a member of the state house of representatives 1776-1780, a member of the Continental Congress 1781-1782, a judge of the court of common pleas in 1791, and a judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court 1794-1809. He died in March of 1809 and was interred in Christ Churchyard in Pennyslvania.
Scope and Content Note
This collection includes legal documents related to Letitia Vandexen (sic) Smith, Thomas Smith and Frances Sophia Smith. The Thomas Smith letterbook mainly consists of correspondence between members of the Thomas Smith family from 1767-1841. The earliest letters (1767 and 1784) are from Smith to his mother Elizabeth Lawrence in Aberdeenshire, England. A group of 21 letters between Smith and his cousin Dr. Peter Smith of Aberdeenshire discuss the American lifestyle, medical schools and practices, and the judicial system. Another group of letters to Judge Jasper Yeates and Governor Thomas Mifflin refer to legal decisions and court procedures. Other correspondents include Dr. Philip Physick and Smith's brother Charles of London, England. Also included in the letterbook are two proclamations awarding judgeships to Smith, legal documents pertaining to the settlement of Smith's estate (1816), and documents relating to land sales or mortgaged property (1826 and 1841). Series 2 contains typescripts of letters between Thomas Smith and soon-to-be U.S. President George Washington in 1785-1786, in which Smith was acting as Washington's attorney for some land suits in Philadelphia. The typescripts were made by Burton Alva Konkle in 1902. Finally, Series 3. contains letters between Thomas Smith scholar Burton Alva Konkle and Wymberly Jones De Renne regarding the Thomas Smith collection.
Arranged into three series: Series 1. Thomas Smith papers; Series 2. George Washington letters; Series 3. Burton Alva Konkle letters.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Thomas Smith family papers, ms 1055. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Processing Information note
The Thomas Smith letters to George Washington and the Konkle letters to Wymberly Jones De Renne were formerly collections 1055a and 1055b, respectively. They were added to this collection in 2011.