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M-91: John L. & James C. Sutton Blacksmith Collection

HISTORY: John L. and James C. Sutton were St. Louis blacksmiths in the early years of the frontier town's growing importance. Thus, their account ledgers of services rendered is a veritable "Who's Who" of St. Louis's political and economic elite. The ledgers were an early donation to the Mercantile Library.

SCOPE: The collection consists of 3 ledgers and 1 day book containing accounts from 1820-1843. They include such famous St. Louis "customers" as William Carr Lane (first mayor); Henry Shaw (botanist); Louis A. Benoist; Daniel D. Page; Hamilton R. Gamble; J.B.C. Lucas; Alexander McNair (first Missouri governor); Henry Von Phul; Silas Bent; Pierre Chouteau; Edward Bates (politician); George Caleb Bingham (artist); John O'Fallon; Wilson Price Hunt, and many others.

HOLDINGS: 4 volumes

ACCESS: Special Collection M-91 is housed in two document boxes; due to fragility, the ledgers may not be photocopied, but some pages may be digitally scanned or photographed.

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