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David James McCord papers

Letter, 15 Feb. 1827, from McCord to the Philadelphia firm of Carey and Lea refers to the publication of his legal reports. McCord made his mark in antebellum South Carolina as a spokesman for states' rights and an editor of the state's important legal documents. As state reporter, McCord usually arranged for the state printer to publish the law reports, but his press run produced more volumes than were "immediately saleable" in South Carolina. Due to a recent merger in the courts of appeals, he had become responsible for the equity reports as well as the law reports, and he explained to Carey and Lea that he would like to arrange a barter agreement to exchange his unsold books for editions of their reports that he wanted to acquire. Carey and Lea must have responded by offering a publication contract rather than an exchange, for the title page of the two-volume edition of McCord's Equity Reports that went to press in late 1827 and 1829 lists Carey, Lea & Carey of Philadelphia as publisher
Manuscript, English, 1815
4 items 1 volume
Filed as: Manuscripts Misc. (McCord, David James) Description of 1827 letter published in 1998 USCS program Letter, 1831, described in 1996 USCS program