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Collection Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Lewis Selye of Rochester, on Penn Yan business matters, especially purchase of a fire engine, 1838-43; and of Stafford C. Cleveland, 1864-70, on local, state, and national politics. Other items include letters to D.C. Ayres from William H. Samson of Rochester about the will and signature of Jemima Wilkinson (the Publick Universal Friend); letters from Edwin C. Dinturff on local connections of Marcus Whitman and Joseph Smith; 1808 diary of travels of James Parker (1744-1829), early settler of Penn Yan; survey maps of townships in Yates County by Augustus Porter, Peter Loop, Jabez French, and others, 1789-1815; later lot surveys; assessment record, town of Benton, 1817; letters of Bert S. Elliot on Penn Yan in the 1890's and on his career as a printer with U.S. Government Printing Office and other agencies. There are also miscellaneous genealogical data, early deeds, and legal documents, photographs, broadsides, engravings, historical notes and clippings, and letters.

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