Existing manuscript ledger books from the Colcock & Hutson law firm document a successful law practice. In a ledger covering the period from 1867 to 1869, 49 court appearances on behalf of clients are recorded. A second ledger, covering the years 1867 to 1872, documents 115 cases handled by the attorneys of the Colcock & Hutson firm. A third ledger from the solo practice of Charles Jones Colcock Hutson, covering the years 1872 to 1881, records approximately 4500 transactions.
All of the Colcocks and Hutsons represented criminal defendants. John Colcock’s most famous client was Isaac Hayne, who was charged with treason during the Revolutionary War. William Ferguson Colcock first made a name for himself as a successful criminal lawyer. Joseph Daniel Pope said of him, ‘in the Court of Sessions, particularly, he was constantly engaged for the defense, and he jumped from one jury to another, wringing from them successful verdicts in favor of his clients.’ The Colcock & Hutson law firm practiced criminal defense law as well. Two hand-written criminal trial notices dated 1870 were found in the volumes of the donated collection.
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