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Franklin S. Hatch papers, 1861-1879
Hatch, Franklin S., 1846-1907.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 213  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hatch, Franklin S., 1846-1907.
Title : Franklin S. Hatch papers, 1861-1879 (bulk: 1865-1869).
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
General Note : Transcriptions are available.
Summary :

The collection contains letters Frank wrote to his parents in Chelsea, Vermont, while he was living in Watertown and Boston, Massachusetts, and letters he received from his parents and siblings during the time he was working as a clerk in a store in or near Boston. The content of the letters concern family health and events and the evolution of his call to the ministry. A letter written to him, dated April 3, 1865 makes it clear that he was questioning the morality of fighting in the Civil War. Another letter, dated June 29, 1866, describes a train accident which injured wounded veterans who were being transferred to a different hospital. The bulk of the correspondence ends right after Frank finished his studies at Phillips Academy, in 1869.

Biographical or historical data :

Franklin Samuel (Frank) Hatch was born in Chelsea, Vermont, on August 12, 1846. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1869, Amherst College in 1873, and Hartford Theological Seminary around 1876. He served as pastor of West Hartford, Connecticut Congregational Church from 1876-1883; Colchester, Connecticut from 1886-1887; Monson, Massachusetts from 1887-1900; Newton, Massachusetts from 1904-1907; Middleboro, Massachusetts, 1907. He died December 24, 1907. Hatch was married to Helen Gage on October 29, 1879. They had two children, Caroline and Leonard (1882-1969).

Subject Term : Vocation Christianity.
Pacifism Religious aspects.
Congregational churches Clergy.
Geographic Term : Chelsea (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Conscientious objectors.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Medical care.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Occupation : Clergy.
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