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PHENOMENAL, ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN, "YALE COLLEGE FRIENDSHIP ALBUM 1824-1825" ONE OF A KIND; NINETY-NINE PAGES OF SENTIMENTS BY CLASSMATES, EACH WITH SIGNATURE, [AUTOGRAPH], DATE WRITTEN, HOME TOWN, ETC. This fantastic, and historically important album was the property of Charles Ely who has signed his name on a blank early page. Charles Ely was the son of Justin and Lucy [Barrow] Ely of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Born in 1805, he attented Yale College, eventually moved to New York, where he became a member of the dry goods firm of Merrit, Ely and Co. Charles died at home in NY on Feb. 10, 1883. While at Yale in the years 1824, and 1825, he had his classmates sign this friendship book. There are 99 handwritten sentiments, dated, signed by his classmates, including their home towns. An incredible volume that is loaded with graduates of Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, prominent men, including many who went on to make history in America; a very rare volume that is a worthy acquisition indeed.


Classmates and graduates with their signatures/autographs, date signed, and hometown include: Worthington Hooker [Physician], Springfield, Massachusetts, Yale Feb. 1824, Simon North [Hamilton College President], Middletown, CT, Yale Feb 3rd, 1824, Benjamin Douglas Silliman [information below], New York, Yale July 12th, 1824, Thomas Staughton Savage (1804-1880), Middletown, CT, Yale, April 10th, 1824 - scientist, naturalist and first Episcopal missionary to Liberia, Africa, and numerous others that went on to become prominent in the field of law, medicine, politics, business, religion, etc. Also; E. Abernathy, Torrington, CT, J. Atwater, New Haven CT, Josiah Barnes, Tolland, CT, William G. Bates, Union Hall, No. 88, Yale from Westfield, MA - he formed Westfield's first library assoc. on Elm Street, Joshua Belden, Wethersfield, CT, Feb 28th, 1824, Lorenzo T. Bennett, New Haven, CT April 24th, 1824, etc.


Chester Birge, Bolton, CT, William Bliss, Springfield, MA, Thomas Bond, Enfield, CT, Charles Boyden, Guilford, VT, William L. Breckenridge, Fayette County, Kentucky, John Butler, Northampton, MA, E. Carpenter, Coventry, CT, A. P. Clarke, Northampton, MA, Daniel Coit, Harwich, CT, Isaac Dubose, St. Stephens, South Carolina, Alex Duncan, Jr. of Scotland, H. Ford, Burton, Ohio, William M. Fulton, Richmond, Virginia, B. Perkins, Camden, S.C., David Grosvenor, Mansfield, CT, William Rutherford Hayes, Brattleboro, VT [information below], L. James, Jackson, Alabama, John March, Newburyport, MA, J. Maverick, Pendleton, South Carolina, B. McDowell, Baltimore, Maryland, L. Mead, Greenwich, CT, Joseph Nichols, New York City, Charles Sherman, Albany, NY, etc. Each of the 99 classmates has written [along with their signature] a sentiment, memory, remembrance, something for Charles Ely to remember them by. This friendship album is for the most part alphabetical; if you are looking for a particular name please email us and we will see if that name is here.


Benjamin Douglas Silliman, Yale 1824..... " Benjamin Douglas Silliman [1830-1901], was born in New Port, Rhode Island on September 11, 1805. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1824. He then studied law in New York City in the office of Chancellor Kent and his son William Kent. He was admitted to the bar in 1829 and opened a very successful law office in New York City. During his long career as a lawyer he represented his clients, including many large corporations, before state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. A member of the Whig Party, Silliman was elected in 1838 to the New York State Assembly and in 1839 he served as a delegate to the Whig national convention that nominated William Henry Harrison for President of the United States. He ran for a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1843, but was defeated. When the Whigs evolved into the Republican Party, Silliman became a loyal member of that party and in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to the office of U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York State. As such he was involved in several legal issues following the Civil War. In 1872 he took an active part in the commission that was revising the State constitution. In 1873 he ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the office of Attorney-General of New York State and in 1876 was a member of the Republication national convention that nominated Rutherford B. Hayes for President of the United States. Silliman was active in many civic and philanthropical organizations. He died at his home in Brooklyn, NY on January 24, 1901."...quoted from "University Of Rochester Library Collections"


William Rutherford Hayes, Yale, 1824, was born on 6 December 1804 in Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. He died on 14 July 1852 in Barbados, West Indies. Lawyer and resident partner at Barbados in the West India house of Henry Trowbridge and Sons, New Haven. Consul in the Barbados from the US. Attended Yale University. Residence in Hastings, Barbados called Seaview. Parents: Rutherford Hayes, Sr., and Chloe Smith."quoted from  "Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center." These two short biographies are just the tip of the ice berg in terms of famous graduates in this class of 1824-25.


Condition: Hardbound, three quarters leather with marbled covers, this rare Friendship Album is in very good condition with the outer covers showing some age, rubbing scuffing, leather spine has cracked at the lower front left corner [please see images]. The handwritten pages are just as crisp, clean and legible as the day they were penned in this antique book; 1824-1825, Yale. PLEASE NOTE: The last seven scans were done in a different light, on a different day, and the paper appears darker, however, all the pages are the same white color; the lighting makes these last few appear darker, however, they are not.  


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