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Guide to the Elisha Wolsey Peck papers MSS.1120

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Finding aid prepared by Donnelly Lancaster and Richard Brown

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@bama.ua.edu

2003

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English

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Collection Title:

Elisha Wolsey Peck papers

Unit ID:

MSS.1120

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

1837-1887

Abstract:

This collection contains personal and business correspondence, financial papers, election returns, and material relating to the Alabama Constitutional Convention of 1867, of which Peck was chairman.

Scope and Contents note

The Elisha Wolsey Peck papers include account books, correspondence, election returns, invitations, case files, minutes, and receipts. The collection contains documents relating to Peck's family, finances, business, law practice, membership in the Rising Virtue Masonic Lodge, and service to Alabama during Reconstruction. The material relating to the Reconstruction period is particularly significant, as Peck served as president of Alabama's Constitutional Convention of 1867 and was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court 1867-74. The collection is divided into the following series: Correspondence, Case Files, Reconstruction, Account Book, Receipts, Rising Virtue Lodge, David Lamb Peck, and Miscellaneous. Series descriptions: Correspondence: The Correspondence series is separated into three subseries: personal, business and Reconstruction. The series contains letters and invitations. Correspondence dates from 1851-1885. Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically, while outgoing correspondence is arranged by date. Two letters from Peck's son, David, are addressed to Mrs. E. W. Peck but are included in Peck's correspondence. Case files: This series contains papers from 1843-1876 relating to clients Peck represented. They are arranged alphabetically by case name. Reconstruction: Contains Peck's papers relating to Reconstruction in Alabama. Includes the text of the speech he gave to the Constitutional Convention in 1867 and 1868 election returns from various counties. Account books: There are account books from the law firms of Ellis and Peck and Peck and Clark, ranging in date from 1830-1848. Receipts: Receipts for personal and business expenses, 1869-1887. Rising Virtue Lodge: This series contains minutes of a meeting, resolutions, and an invitation from the Rising Virtue Lodge, a Masonic Lodge in Tuscaloosa. David Lamb Peck: This series contains a book labeled in May 1848 as D. L. Peck's account book and diary. It contains poetry, notes on the Bible, sketches, and computations. Miscellaneous: This series contains two unidentified books. One is an 1830s notebook containing poetry, notes on the Bible, and notes comparing prices of various goods. The second item consists of undated, unbound pages from an unidentified account book, containing itemized lists of goods.

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Donnelly Lancaster and Richard Brown, 2003

Preferred Citation:

Elisha Wolsey Peck papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Separated from Samuel Minturn Peck Papers

Biographical/Historical note

Elisha Wolsey Peck was born in 1799 in Blenheim, Schoharie County, New York. He began the study of law in 1819. Five years later he was admitted to practice in Superior Court at Albany, New York. The following year he was admitted to the bar in Syracuse, New York; he then moved to Elyton (Birmingham), Alabama. He married Lucy Lamb, the daughter of Samuel and Lucy Lamb in Talladega, Alabama, in 1828. In 1832 he formed a partnership with Harvey W. Ellis after moving to Tuscaloosa. Governor Arthur P. Bagby appointed him chancellor of the middle chancery division of Alabama in 1839. He was a candidate for Representative to the Constitutional Convention of 1865 but was defeated. In 1867 he moved three times: once to Sycamore, Illinois, then to Rockford, Illinois, and finally back to Tuscaloosa. Upon his return he was elected Chairman of the Military Reconstruction Convention of 1867. Later that year he was chosen as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, in which capacity he served until retiring in 1874. He died at his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1888.

CORRESPONDENCE Box 248

Components in Detail

Personal, incoming Box 248 Folder 1

Letter from E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Taffy, March 14, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97995

Personal, outgoing Box 248 Folder 2

Letter from D. L. Peck, Middletown, Connecticut, to Mother, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 4, 1885 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97996

Letter from George Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Judge E. W. Peck, May 3, 1884 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97997

Letter from D. L. Peck, Sycamore, Illinois, to Mother, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, November 16, 1878 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97998

Letter from D. L. Peck, Burlington College, Burlington, Iowa, to Father, August 14, 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97999

Letter from D. L. Peck, Burlington College, Burlington, Iowa, to Father, August 15, 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98000

Letter from A. W. Peck, Buffalo, Missouri, to Uncle E. Wolsey Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, November 18, 1882 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98001

Letter from A. Peck, Winthrop, Iowa, to Brother, November 21, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98002

Letter from A. Peck, Winthrop, Iowa, to Brother, June 27, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98003

Letter from A. Peck, Winthrop, Iowa, to Brother, April 4, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98004

Letter from Edwin B. Payne, Maynard, Iowa, to Uncle, February 9, 1876 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98005

Invitation from Alabama Corps of Cadets, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 21, 1876 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98006

Letter from Lincoln Clark, Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, to Judge E. W. Peck, 1874 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98007

Business Box 248 Folder 3

Letter from J. W. Boynton, Boynton's Machinery Agency, Hartford, Connecticut, to E. W. Peck, June 11, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98008

Letter from Lincoln Clark, Dubuque, Iowa, to Judge E. W. Peck, April 17, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98009

Letter from Lincoln Clark, Chicago, Illinois, to Judge E. W. Peck, July 9, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98010

Letter from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 11, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98011

Letter from James D. Cammann, Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 9, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98012

Letter from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 25, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98013

Letter from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 5, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98014

Letter from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 8, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98015

Letter from James D. Cammann, Security Insurance Company of New York City, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 23, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98016

Letter from Elam King, Charlotte, North Carolina, to E. W. Peck, November 19, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98017

Letter from M. H. Mallory and Company, Churchman Office, Hartford, Connecticut, to E. W. Peck, October 15, 1872 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98018

Letter from J. M. Martin, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Judge E. W. Peck, Rockford, Illinois, June 15, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98019

Letter from Lemuel J. Standefer, Montgomery, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, July 17, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98020

Letter from J. P. Turner, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, May 21, 1851 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98021

Letter from Thomas A. Walker, Jacksonville, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 17, 1851 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98022

Letter from M. Starr, Winnebago National Bank, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 29, 1875 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98023

Reconstruction Box 248 Folder 4

Letter from E. W. Peck, Montgomery, Alabama, to Julius Hayden, Montgomery, Alabama, February 14, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98024

Letter from W. T. Hatchett, Montgomery, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Montgomery, Alabama, February 17, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98025

Letter from R. C. Dunn, Atlanta, Georgia, to E. W. Peck, Montgomery, Alabama, February 22, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98026

Letter from W. C. Garrison, Mount Alvis, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 8, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98027

Letter from O. L. Shepherd, Montgomery, Alabama, to Judge E. W. Peck, Montgomery, Alabama, March 17, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98028

CASE FILES Box 248 Folder 5

Components in Detail

Case Files Box 248 Folder 5

Letter from Petts P. Strong, Wetumpka, Alabama, to Judge E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 22, 1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98029

Letter from Morgan, Buck, and Company to Judge E. W. Peck, December 22, 1852 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98030

Letter from A. G. Gooch, Alabama, to Judge E. W. Peck, Montgomery, Alabama, July 22, 1852 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98031

Letter from A. G. Gooch, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Hardy Wilkins, Montgomery, Alabama, July 22, 1852 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98032

Legal papers, J. W. and R. Leavitt versus Alexander Smith, signed by E. W. Peck, 1840 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98033

Plea to the jurisdiction, signed by Alex Smith, December 5, 1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98034

Transcript of proceedings, J. W. and R. Leavitt versus Jeremiah M. Friou, May 9, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98035

Pleas filed, Reuben Chapman Goode versus Alexander Smith, et. al., May 1851 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98036

Court summons signed by Judge John Gayle, December 6, 1851 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98037

Letter from P. Hamilton, Mobile, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 20, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98038

Letter from Joseph M. Cleiland, Charleston, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, September 1, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98039

Order of payment, signed by William Armistead, Greensboro, Alabama, April 10, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98040

Bill of Exchange, W. W. Bradley versus William Armistead, August 13, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98041

Letter from Phil Barton Key, Washington, D. C., to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 27, 1853 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98042

Writ for Joel White, signed by A. G. Gooch, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 4, 1843 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98043

Letter and testimony from Benjamin W. Bonney, New York, New York, to Joel White, February 22, 1843 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98044

Legal papers, Joel White versus Edward Smylie, signed by Greene C. Bronson, May 18, 1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98045

Legal papers, Joel White versus Edward Smylie, signed by Greene Bronson, May 18, 1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98046

Letter from George Turner, U. S. Marshal, Montgomery, Alabama, to Sir, July 8, 1876 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98047

RECONSTRUCTION Box 248

Components in Detail

Alabama Constitutional Convention Box 248 Folder 6

Peck's speech before the Constitutional Convention, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20834

Draft of resolution for the Constitutional Convention, E. W. Peck, circa 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98048

Voting results of the motion to substitute the report, Constitutional Convention, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98049

Draft of letter for Governor Patton to Schuyler Colfax, by E. W. Peck, November 21, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98050

Right to vote in certain named states, circa 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98051

Equivalent questions, Constitutional Convention, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98052

Standing committees, Constitutional Convention, Montgomery, Alabama, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98053

List of standing committees, Constitutional Convention, Montgomery, Alabama, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98054

Election returns Box 248 Folder 7

Majority report on the election franchise, E. W. Peck, circa 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98055

Election returns, Blount County, Alabama, February 18, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98056

Receipt for the election certificates, Charles A. Miller, Montgomery, Alabama, March 23, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98057

Return of votes for county officers, Pike County, Alabama, February 22, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98058

Return of votes for state officers, Pike County, Alabama, February 22, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98059

Election returns, Montgomery, Alabama, February 24, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98060

Return of votes for county officers, Blount County, Alabama, February 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98061

ACCOUNT BOOKS Box 248

Components in Detail

Ellis and Peck Account book Box 248 Folder 8

Account book, Ellis and Peck, 1830-1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98062

Peck and Clark Memo book Box 248 Folder 9

Account book, Peck and Clark, 1842-1854 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98063

Peck and Clark Account book Box 248 Folder 10

Account book, Peck and Clark, 1841-1845 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98064

RECEIPTS Box 248

Components in Detail

Receipts dating from 1869-1887 Box 248 Folder 11

Invoice from H. Cluck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Judge Peck, February 2, 1882 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98065

Receipt for payment from H. M. Baum, New York, New York, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, July 1, 1886 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98066

Invoice from J. Snow and Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, January 8, 1886 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98067

Invoice from Allen and Jemison Warehouse Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, December 23, 1886 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98068

Invoice from J. Snow Hardware Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, January 13, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98069

Invoice from George A. Searcy and Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, January 29, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98070

Invoice from Allen and Jemison Warehouse Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, January 31, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98071

Invoice from J. Snow Hardware Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, February 25, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98072

Invoice from Harrison and Harrison, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, June 10, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98073

Invoice from Allen and Jemison Warehouse Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, June 21, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98074

Registry receipt from William Miller, Postmaster, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, September 16, 1880 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98075

Receipt for payment from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 1, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98076

Return registered letter receipt to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, September 28, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98077

Return registered letter receipt to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 28, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98078

Registered letter receipt to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 28, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98079

Invoice from N. E. and S. W. Alabama Railroad Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to C. Morrison, March 2, 1859 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98080

Tax receipt from S. Berney, Eutaw, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 2, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98081

Invoice from Mr. Withrow to E. W. Peck, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98082

Invoice from Exchange Hotel, Montgomery, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, January 29, 1869 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98083

Receipt for payment from James D. Cammann, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 23, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98084

Invoice from S. G. Bronson, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 23, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98085

Invoice from Burpee and Groneman, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 22, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98086

Invoice from William W. Wood and Company, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 22, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98087

Invoice from S. W. Stone and Company, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 22, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98088

Invoice from Derrick and Salt, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 20, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98089

Invoice from Derrick and Salt, Rockford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, July 18, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98090

Invoice from Daniel Cribbs to Sid Leach, February 16, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98091

Statement of account from Ed B. Goelet, Mobile, Alabama, to S. F. Leach, January 2, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98092

Statement of account from Ed B. Goelet, Mobile, Alabama, to S. F. Leach, February 27, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98093

Invoice from W. P. Lynch, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, May 25, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98094

Invoice from C. M. Foster to E. W. Peck, May 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98095

Tax receipt from Sam F. Beall, Tuscaloosa Alabama, to E. W. Peck, October 23, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98096

Invoice from Friedman and Loveman, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, October 23, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98097

Invoice from Prichett and Beerman, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, December 1, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98098

Statement of account from S. F. Leach to Judge Peck, March 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98099

Invoice from T. L. Hudgins, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, April 1, 1872 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98100

Receipt for payment from H. E. Spencer, M. H. Mallory and Company, Hartford, Illinois, to E. W. Peck, October 15, 1872 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98101

Receipt for payment from John E. DuBois, DuBois, Kennedy, and Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Alfred Colin, December 18, 1877 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98102

Invoice from R. S. Palmer and Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, May 2, 1878 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98103

Statement of account from S. F. Leach, Southern Express Company, to Judge Peck, circa 1875 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98104

Invoice from J. T. Garner, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, July 12, 1887 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98105

Invoice from Allen and Jemison Warehouse Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to E. W. Peck, May circa 1880 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98106

Receipt for payment from G. W. VanHouse, Register in Chancery, to E. W. Peck, January 21, 1878 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98107

Report of sale taken for rent, Judge Peck, circa 1880 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98108

RISING VIRTUE LODGE Box 248

Components in Detail

Minutes, resolutions, and invitations from the Rising Virtue lodge Box 248 Folder 12

Resolution for the Joint Celebration, Rising Virtue Lodge, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, July 2, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98109

Committee motions from Rising Virtue Lodge, Sylvan Lodge, and N. P. Lodge, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 20, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98110

DAVID LAMB PECK Box 248

Components in Detail

Notebook Box 248 Folder 13

Account book, David Lamb Peck, 1845-1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98111

MISCELLANEOUS Box 248 Folder 14

Components in Detail

Unidentified 1830s notebook containing poetry, Biblical writings, and trade notes; unbound pages from unidentified account book, n.d. Box 248 Folder 14

Account book, 1828-1832 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98112

Account booklet, ca. 1850 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/98113