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James Deferiet Correspondence

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 31 Jan 2014

Biographical History

Nothing is known about the writer of this letter. The recipient, Justin Butterfield, is likely attorney Justin Butterfield (1790-1855), who was commissioner of the General Land Office of the United States from 1849-1852. Born in New Hampshire, he read law in Watertown, New York and later practiced law in Adams, New York; Chicago; New Orleans; and Watertown.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Deferiet Correspondence consists of a single letter from Deferiet to Justin Butterfield of Watertown, New York. Apparently Deferiet had constructed a bridge across the Black River and wished to build a lumber mill nearby. Interestingly, Deferiet appears to be funded by a New Orleans bank, perhaps explicable by the fact that Butterfield practiced law for a time in New Orleans.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Butterfield, Justin, 1790-1855.
Deferiet, James.


Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Watertown.


Watertown (N.Y.) -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James Deferiet Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2014.

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