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Letter, 29 Jan. 1857, of Sheriff Theo[dore] S.
        Gourdin to Philip C. Tucker
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2005

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Letter, 29 January 1857, of Charleston sheriff Theo[dore] S. Gourdin, to Philip C. Tucker, Vergennes, Vt., reveals that Gourdin, in anticipation of his office as sheriff being less lucrative, has opened a law office down the street but was continuing to act as sheriff.

Gourdin reports, “have been very much engaged in winding up the affairs of the City Sheriff’s Office, & in opening my Law Office; for the Legislature, at its last session in Dec., in consequence of the intemperate habits of the Recorder who presided over the City Court, deprived that Court of its civil & criminal jurisdiction, & left it merely its police jurisdiction. My office, therefore, hereafter will be worth only five or six hundred dollars instead of about three thousand as formerly. I have not resigned my office of City Sheriff, for many think that on the decease of the Recorder, who is now in very feeble health, the former jurisdiction of the Court will be restored to it.”

Included is Gourdin’s printed business card—“Theo. S. Gourdin, Attorney At Law, And Solicitor In Equity, No. 56 Broad Street, Charleston, S.C.”

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