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HAMMOND, Russell Prime
[Archive]: The Papers of Russell P. Hammond Papers, Lake Champlain Canal Boat Captain, with some additional related material
1850. Good. An archive of letters and documents belonging to Captain Russell P. Hammond, a canal boat master on Lake Champlain from about 1850-80, together with Russell's original wooden chest in which the papers were kept. The bulk of the collection consists of Hammond's personal and business papers spanning the period from 1838-95. Also included are papers dating back to 1802 that belonged to his father Joshua, a hatter at Caldwell's Manor in southern Quebec, and a small cache of letters from his son-in-law dating from circa 1892-1921. The papers are in good condition overall, with fraying and tears at the edges and folds of several letters and documents, and several with small patches of damage (paper loss) at the margins or internal folds. The Hammond family first settled at Caldwell's Manor in the late 18th Century, where Russell was born in 1825. He married in 1845 and moved to Rouses Point, New York, located on northern Lake Champlain at the Canadian border. The archive documents Hammond's career as master of a schooner and canal boat, shipping goods between Rouses Point and various points south including Whitehall at the southern end of Champlain, Albany, and along the Hudson River to New York City. Also included are several letters that document the domestic lives of Hammond's two wives (his first wife Louisa Steele died in 1855 after giving birth to a daughter). Both women, Louisa in particular, endured considerable hardships due to Hammond being away for long periods of time. He had a total of 13 children, many of whom met an early death. Also of interest are … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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