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1810, Newport, Samuel Elam, Founder Of Wickford, Als, Shares Of Bridge Stock For Sale
This item is a wonderful original letter dated 1810, Newport, Rhode Island, where Samuel Elam has written to Andrew Brimmer regarding the price of bridge shares now available and the fact that his health is not as good as it once was....signed Samuel Elam. Letter is 8x11, folds, with early Newport, Rhode Island cancel on addressed leaf.
Samuel Elam, Esq."
Mr. Elam came from Leeds, England, and was naturalized in Rhode Island in 1789, and empowered to make sale of the real estate of his uncle, Gervase Elam, late of Portsmouth, which town Samuel represented in the General Assembly in 1792. His residence in North Kingstown was upon the farm lately owned by Mr. Samuel Browning, at Hamilton, on the south side of the road to Allenton.
Mr. Elam was the first president of the Washington Academy, founded at Wickford, in 1800, giving one hundred dollars to the enterprise and desiring, it is said by tradition, to have the institution called by his name. At about the same period he laid out the portion of Wickford between the present two bridges, as Elamville, the title of the ville still clinging to it among the older inhabitants.
Samuel's uncle,Gervase, in 1772, bought the Thomas Hazard farm of three hundred acres, near Bissell's Mill (now Hamilton), the same being confiscated, in 1775, by the State, on account of his being a royalist and being accused of giving aid to the enemy.
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