This letter was written by Caleb Burbank Elliott (1803-1846), the son of Andrew and Mehitable (Waters) Elliott of Millbury, Massachusetts. Caleb was fitted for college at Leicester Academy and graduate from Amherst College in 1826. He taught in an academy in Clinton, Georgia from 1826-33; then studied theology with Rev. Mr. Herrick of Millbury and Dr. Tyler of East Windsor, Connecticut. He was ordained at Slatersville, Rhode Island in September 1835 and preached there from 1835-37. He died of consumption in 1846. He was married in 1830 to Mary (King) Jacobs of West Millbury but had no children.
Caleb wrote the letter to his friend, Lucien Farnham (1799-1874), a son of Elijah and Mary (Greenslit) Farnham of Lisbon, New London County, Connecticut. Lucien was an 1827 graduate of Amherst College and an 1830 graduate of Andover Seminary. He taught at Illinois College 1830-31 and then became a minister in Illinois.
Mr. Strong. Hand this quicker than lightning to Mr. Lucien Farnam of the Senior Class, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
September 27th 1826
Mr. Lucien Farnam
After informing you that I am well, that Mr. Fitts is now with me & he is well, that I shall go to Charleston or Savannah in a few days, I will also inform you I write this letter more particularly on account of some business which I wish to have you transact for me. As I am going out for the purpose of obtaining an academy or school, it is necessary that I should have letters of introduction to men in that region if possible. I wish to obtain one from Esq, Leland to his brother in Charleston, S.C., and also from Professor Olds to men whom he may be acquainted with in Georgia.
I wish, Sir, that you would obtain one from Esq. Leland ¹ & from Professor Olds more than one if he can furnish them. I should like one also from Professor Olds to Mr. Leland of Charleston and any other men in those parts. It is almost indispensable that I should have them and I was calculating to come to Amherst before I went away till within a few days but is now impossible for me to come. I therefore must trouble you to do the business for me. And if you obtain them, you can seal them up in a letter together & direct them to me at Millbury. And should you receive this by tomorrow’s mail (Thursday), I wish you would return one as soon as Friday. And if you do not receive it so soon, an answer Monday will possibly do. Should it so happen that you could not answer so soon as Monday, I would request you direct to me at Charleston, South Carolina. (send them on) You may not perhaps be able to see Olds or Leland. In this case, I think D. Humphrey would give me one to Mr. Leland which would answer the purpose.
If you will take some pains to be particular for me, you would very much oblige your acquaintance & friend, — Caleb B. Elliott
Mrs. Goodale’s health is good. Her sister Mehitable is now with her. My compliments to all the good people &c. &c. &c. I shall write you a little different letter when I become settled anywhere, I hope.
¹ This is a reference to John Leland of Amherts who’s brother was Rev. Aaron Whitey Leland of South Carolina.