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Lawyers' Advertisement

Lawyers' Advertisement

This broadside advertises the services of Leonard Swett and H.C. Whitney, Attorneys at Law. This document suggests that these lawyers sought a clientele among eastern investors in Illinois lands. With the end of the Black Hawk War in 1832, a great land rush began in northern and western Illinois in which eastern, and even foreign, speculators accumulated vast acreages in hopes of reselling them to settlers at inflated prices. These speculators required Illinois attorneys who would be able, as the advertisement enumerates, to collect debts from renters or buyers, pay their taxes, and investigate title disputes.

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