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Caleb Hall Letter 1846

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Caleb Hall Letter 1846
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1/4/2020 2:53:48 PM
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Robert Underhill
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Donated Books, Maps, Misc
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Items donated by Bob Underhill and kept in his home until such point as the historic society has a physical home of its own.
Bob Underhill
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Caleb Hall (1779 - 1857) came to Clarendon from NH sometime prior to 1810.  Amongst his business interests was the Hall Tavern (see the Hall Tavern entry in the Buildings and Enterprises collection) and his store in Clarendon Flats.  The store was located where the Town Hall is now and the tavern just south of there where a barn can be found today (see the Powers Cheese Factory entry in the Buildings and Enterprises collection). 

The letter shown in the cover photo is from Oct. 5, 1846, of which a transcription can be seen at the link above.  Envelopes weren't in common usage yet in 1846 and letters were instead folded in a manner so as to create an envelope out of the letter itself.  This particular letter/envelope is a single sheet of paper 10" x 15 5/8".  The top of the letter is embossed with it's manufacturer, Claremont Manufacturing Company.  They were a paper manufacturer in Claremont, NH that had begun operations in 1833/34. 

The nature of the letter deals with monetary matters associated with the tavern and is in response to a prior communication.  G.W. Harman, Esq. is a lawyer, George Washington Harman (1812 - 1898) who at the time of this letter being written was living in Pawlet, VT.  The front of the "envelope" below indicates Caleb didn't know that Harman had relocated from Rutland to Pawlet, though fortunately he made provision for it to be forwarded.  The L.B.P. referenced in the letter is Lucien Bonaparte Parker (1820 - 1892) of Clarendon.  It is not clear which Loomis, Tuttle, and Lothrop are being referred to in the letter. 

Caleb had been married three times.  His first wife was Delila Barney (1791-1815) who left him with 3 young children when she died.  He married shortly thereafter to Ruth Bixby and had another child Maria in 1817, and then lastly he married Jerusha Allen (1783 - 1841, widow of Noel Shepardson.  With Jerusha he had another child, Elizabeth (1826-1901).  Jerusha also had 4 children from her 1st marriage to Noel Shepardson (1770 - 1818)

The bottom photo is of Caleb's tombstone in the Clarendon Flats cemetery next to the Town Hall.  The bottom of the tombstone is engraved "beloved when alive, lamented now dead

See also the Clark House and Eliz. Hall Crossman House entries in the Homes collection and the Raucous Freeman's Meetings entry in the Events collection for more information on Caleb. 

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