Henry Chase
Diary, 1858

Mss: 831

Historical Note:

Henry Chase, son of Epaphias B. Chase of Lyndon, Vermont, attended Yale University from 1848-1850 and Harvard Law School in 1851. He went west to Sycamore, Illinois in 1856 to start a law practice with Charles Kellum (also a Vermont native) and Edward L. Mayo. They rented an office on State Street from Edward T. Hunt. Upon his return to Vermont, Henry Chase operated Lyndon Academy in Lyndon, Vermont with his sister, Ada, during 1861-1862.

Scope and Content:

The diary of Henry Chase consists of one volume with entries beginning January 1, 1858 and ending November 12, 1858. Numerous pages are cut out. The partners participated in many of the social activities of the town. These included dances, sleigh riding, the formation of the Sycamore Debating Club, fund-raising occasions, weddings and other occasions where a young single man had ample opportunities to meet eligible women as well as meeting other townspeople. The majority of the entries concern the questions before the Sycamore Debating Club with both sides of the arguments summarized. Topics before the Debating Club include politics, religion, morals, education and the influence of women in society. The author also writes about visits to Harlem Springs, Ohio, Chicago and Lyndon, Vermont. His partner, Charles Kellum, enters politics and aspects of the campaign are described. Other entries discuss the weather, types of legal work Chase engages and Sycamore community activities.

Provenance : Gift of C.P. Page

Amount: 1 volume

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