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  1. Cambreling, C.C.
    [Letter] 1848 October 25, Huntington N.Y., [to] George H. Purser, John Cotter and William C. Van Allen, New York City / C.C. Cambreling.
    Cambreling states that he cannot attend the mass ratification meeting to confirm the nomination of Ruel Smith; he has an engagement of a similar nature at Smithtown the same evening.
  2. Carson, Aglionby Ross,1780-1850.
    [Letter] 1849 January 10, Laurieston Place, [to] Robert Allen, Esq. / A.R. Carson.
    Carson sends his regrets as he will not be able to attend the class reunion at the classical seminary as his "monitors" enjoin his to avoid any excitement whatsoever. He states that he would have been gratified to meet with "one of the most remarkable classes that ever assembled within the walls of any classical seminary." He wishes them a convivial meeting. Carson began his career in 1801 as the rector of a Dumfries grammar school, moving on to be named classical master at Edinburgh high school, becoming a rector there in 1820; in 1826 he received his LLD from the University of St. Andrews. He died the year after this letter was written. Robert Allan was a banker who also pursued mineralogy in the tradition of his father Thomas Allan, whom he accompanied on geological excursions. Robert's Manual of Mineralogy (1834) contains illustrations taken from his own drawings of crystals.
  3. Chandler, John.
    [Letter] 1714 April, Woodstock [to] Col. William Dudley/ John Chandler.
    Chandler explains that though he had endeavored to have his son make the survey on the north half of town as Dudley desired, it was not possible for his son to do so. Chandler points out, however, that Captain George Fairbanks had a survey of his 300 acres, as did Wilson Rawson and Moses Aldridge. Chandler characterizes Fairbanks as the "most Criminall [sic]" for his acquisitiveness about Dudley's land and the land of an Indian (whose name is not specified). Chandler states that Fairbanks should be made an example for "he madly ran over the head all the advice" and entreaties. Chandler then discusses matters arising from the disposal of land belonging to "black James," stating that his opinions have been misrepresented in the matter. He urges Dudley to look up Fairbanks' deed on record, and gives bearings and landmarks.
  4. Christian, Fred M.
    [Letter] 1935 October 17, Pitcairn Island, [to] Henry C. Hoffman / Fred M. Christian.
    Christian writes from Pitcairn island to thank Hoffman for sending the $2, and to request that he sell more of the painted, pressed leaves which he encloses along with two baskets his wife made for Hoffman. Christian goes on to answer Hoffman's questions about the size, dominion, population (210), language (English and Tahitian), schooling, climate, and grave customs on Pitcairn Island. He remarks that only one grave of the Bounty mutineers was ever marked, that being John Adams, for whom the British government sent over a tombstone. Christian also observes that they currently have nine visitors "none of them want to leave," and tells Hoffman about their housing, livestock, religion, and crops. Pitcairn Island was originally settled by mutineers of the HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian (played in the movie versions by Clark Gable and Errol Flynn); they revolted in April 1784 against the alleged cruelties of Captain William Bligh, intermarried with Tahitian women, and then settled with their families on Pitcairn. John Adams was the only one of the original mutineers left alive in 1808 when an American ship Topaz investigated the island. He was not able to convincingly relate the fates of the other mutineers, but the author of this letter, Fred Christian, is probably an original descendant of Fletcher.
  5. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834.
    [Letter] June 20 / S.T. Coleridge.
    Coleridge invites the recipient to dine with him on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday at around 1pm. He directs the recipient how to get to his home, mentioning Piccadilly, Richmond, and omnibuses. A Romantic poet, Coleridge was close friends with William and Dorothy Wordsworth. He is best known for his poems "Kubla Khan," "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and "Christabel."
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