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Charles and Emmeline Linsley Papers.
Linsley, Charles, 1795-1863.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 159 (Cont'd in MSA 159.1)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Linsley, Charles, 1795-1863.
Title : Charles and Emmeline Linsley Papers.
Physical Description : .75 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

The collection includes letters written by Charles Linsley and Emmeline Wells to each other during their courtship in 1841, as well as many letters from Charles Linsley to Emmeline after their marriage. It also includes two folders of letters from Joel H. Linsley to his brother, Charles, one folder of letters from Daniel Linsley to his father, Charles Linsley, a large number of letters from Emmeline Linsley to her son, Gilbert, 1869-1874, and one folder of letters from Gilbert to Emmeline. There are letters, 1829-1866, from Charles' longtime friend Silas Wright (1795-1847), who had been raised in Weybridge, Vermont, but moved to Canton, New York, where he became a Congressman, U.S. Senator, and then governor of New York. The letters refer to political activity of the time, with references to Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, James Polk, and John Tyler.

Linsley's letter of appointment as Collector of Customs, 1860, includes the signature of President Buchanan. There are also three letters discussing conditions in the south during the Civil War. As Linsley traveled widely, as far west as Chicago, Illinois and as far south as Louisville, Kentucky, there are letters mentioning his meeting with gold rush participants (1850), a balloon ascension (1883) and a horse fair (1853).

Other Repositories : Charles Linsley papers; Also located at: Sheldon Museum Research Center, 1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Biographical or historical data :

Charles Linsley (August 29, 1795-November 3, 1863), son of Judge Joel Linsley, was born in Cornwall, Vermont. He began studying law in Middlebury, Vermont and continued his studies under Chief Justice Royce of St. Albans, Vermont. He was admitted to the bar of Franklin County in 1823 and soon after returned to Middlebury, Vermont. He practiced law there until 1856, when he moved to Rutland, Vermont. He remained in Rutland until 1862, until, due to ill-health, he was forced to return to Middlebury, Vermont.

During his career, he served as director and solicitor of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad Company, and was Railroad Commissioner for two years under the Act of 1855. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives for Rutland County in 1858 and held federal appointments as District Attorney, 1845-1849, during the administration of President Polk, and as collector of Customs, 1860-1861, during the administration of President Buchanan. He was among the earliest members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

Charles' first wife, Sarah Chipman (1806-February 12, 1841), was the daughter of Daniel Chipman. They married in June 1827 and had eight children: Daniel (1827-1889), Sarah (1828-1854), Charles (1831-1853), George (1833-1889), Susan (1835-1835), Edward (1837-1841), Eliza (1838-1861). Emma (1840-1854).

Emmeline Wells (January 8, 1818-1895) and Charles Linsley were married in December 5, 1841 at St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury. They had at nine children: David (1842-1842), Mary (b. 1844), Emmeline (1845-1858), Joel (1847-1899), John Gilbert (1849-1851), William (1851-1910), Hellena (1854-1857), Julius Gilbert (1856-1930), Richard (1859-1860).

Charles' brother, Joel Harvey Linsley (July 15, 1790-1868), graduated from Middlebury College in 1811. He studied law with David Edmond of Vergennes, Vermont and Peter Starr of Middlebury, Vermont. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Middlebury, Vermont until 1821. He began the study of theology and was a missionary in the South for a year, after which he became pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. He then moved on to the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1836 he was elected president of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. He resigned in 1846 and returned to the Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Personal Subject : Linsley family.
Tilden family Genealogy.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.
Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849.
Tyler, John, 1790-1862.
Corporate Subject : Vermont Episcopal Institute Burlington, Vt.
Racine Military Academy Racine, Wis.
Rutland and Burlington Railroad Vt.
Subject Term : Courtship Vermont.
Balloon ascensions.
Railroads Vermont.
Geographic Term : California Gold discoveries.
Vermont Social life and customs 19th century.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Middlebury (Vt.) Archival resources.
Rutland (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correpondence.
Occupation : Lawyers
Added Author : Linsley, Charles, 1795-1863.
Linsley, Emmeline W., 1818-1895.
Linsley, Joel Harvey, 1790-1868.
Linsley, Daniel C., 1827-1889.
Linsley, J. Gilbert (Julius Gilbert), 1856-1930.
Wells, William.
Wright, Silas, Jr., 1795-1847.
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