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William James Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: James, William, fl. 1876.
Title: William James Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1876
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letter from Onondaga County District Attorney William James to Nathan Randall Chapman of Fayetteville regarding a court case.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William James (dates unknown) was the District Attorney for Onondaga County in Syracuse, New York. According to the Encyclopedia of Biography of New York: A Life Record of Men and Women of the Past (Boston: 1916), Volume 4, p. 267 he was for a time in partnership with another attorney, John Charles Meldram. Nothing more is known about him.

According to the same volume, p. 175, Nathan Randall Chapman (d. 1897) practiced law in Fayetteville, New York for 57 years. His son Levi Snell Chapman was also an attorney and legislator.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William James Letter consists of a single letter by James to fellow attorney Nathan Randall Chapman, concerning the case of one Patrick Feeney. No details of the case are given.

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Chapman, Nathan Randall.
James, William, fl. 1876.


Law -- New York (State) -- Onondaga County.
Public prosecutors -- New York (State)


Onondaga County (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William James Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer H.L.A., 1971.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 26 May 2010
Revision history:

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SC 495 Chapman, Nathan Randall ("Dear Sir") 27 Sep 1876

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