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Series II : second generation, 1813-1886.
Chamberlain family.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 73:6-14  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Chamberlain family.
Title : Series II : second generation, 1813-1886.
Physical Description : 11 folders.
Summary :

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.

Biographical or historical data :

Mellen Chamberlain was born to William and Jenny E. Chamberlain on June 17, 1795. He grew up in Peacham, Vermont, with his six siblings. He attended Dartmouth College from 1814-1816, studying law. Although he had studied law, Mellen Chamberlain made his living as a businessman and acted as an agent for E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. In 1838, Mellen embarked on a business trip to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to demonstrate the newly invented telegraph. On May 14, 1839, while on this tour, Mellen drowned in the Danube River, leaving behind his wife and daughter, Katherine.

William Chamberlain, Jr. was born in Peacham, Vermont on May 24, 1797. William graduated from Dartmouth College in 1818 and taught in Moor's Charity School from 1818 to 1819. He then read law with Daniel Webster for the next year and was appointed as Professor of Latin and Greek at Dartmouth College in 1820. He married Sarah L. Gilman of Wells, Maine in July, 1823. They had three children. He died July 16, 1830, in Peacham, Vermont.

Source : Forms part of: Chamberlain Family Papers, 1764-1934.
Personal Subject : Chamberlain family.
Chamberlain, Mellen, 1795-1839.
Chamberlain, William, Jr., 1797-1830.
Chamberlain, Ezra Carter, 1799-1877.
Chamberlain, Abigail, 1786-1861.
Chamberlain, Sarah Gilman, 1800-1848.
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
Shedd, Josiah, 1781-1851.
Shedd, Lydia Chamberlain, 1790-1862.
Strong, Jane Chamberlain, 1792-1842.
Strong family.
Corporate Subject : E. & T. Fairbanks & Co.
Dartmouth College.
Subject Term : Telegraph.
Slavery South Carolina.
Geographic Term : Peacham (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Added Author : Chamberlain, Sarah Gilman, 1800-1848.
Shedd, Josiah, 1781-1851.
Chamberlain, William, 1755-1828.
Carter, Lawson, 1793-1868.
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