Series II : second generation, 1813-1886.


Series II : second generation, 1813-1886.

Series II contains papers relating to William Chamberlain's children: Mellen, Ezra, Abigail, and Lydia. Mellen Chamberlain is of particular interest because of his association with Samuel F.B. Morse. The collection includes Mellen's agreement with Morse in which Mellen acquires all rights for Morse's telegraph in Africa, Asia, and Europe, excepting France and England. Also included in this series are Mellen's travel documents relating to his fateful trip through Europe, parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Among Mellen's personal papers are many letters from his father and his business papers include. William Chamberlain, Jr.'s papers include correspondence from his relatives and from Dartmouth classmates. Of particular interest is a letter written in 1819 by Lawson Carter describing his stay in South Carolina and his impressions of slavery. Ezra Chamberlain's papers include some letters written to his wife, Deborah, from friends and family, correspondence regarding Mellen Chamberlain's estate, the beginning of his own will, receipts, accounts and inventories. Series II also contains letters written to Abigail Chamberlain by relatives, including her brothers, Mellen and William while they are attending Dartmouth College, as well as letters from her sister-in-law Sarah, her brother-in-law Josiah Shedd and from some of her nieces and nephews.

11 folders.


SNAC Resource ID: 7633609

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