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Papers include correspondence, deeds and agreements, personal and business accounts, petitions, drafts of speeches, and resolutions, mainly concerning local politics and patronage, the Anti-Masonic Party, abolitionist agitation, temperance, the use of convict labor, pensions for veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, opposition to the Bank of the United States, and land speculation in Michigan, Wisconsin, and other parts of the Midwest; also, correspondence and legal and financial papers pertaining to a case involving the Geneva & Rushville Plank Road Company (1849-50) and other lawsuits, to the settlement of the estates of the Brackett and James families, Orpha Gates, Oren Green, John Lee, Nathan Pratt, and Royal Stearns, and to Loomis's interest in Geneva College (1827-38), now Hobart College; also, a deed (1813) for land in the town of Gorham from Ann Ellice and her children; bills and tuition and board receipts (1832-34) from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, Livingston County, New York, for Loomis's daughter, Amanda; thirty-three Civil War letters (162-64) written from various camps by his son, Charles, Morris O'Connell, Fayette Green, and other area men serving in the Union Army. Other correspondents include the Ontario County Antislavery Society, Skaneateles Antislavery Society, William Ansley, Samuel Colt, William T. Crittenden, Richard Gilbert, James Loomis, Congressman Meredith Mallory, and Augustus Torrey.

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