Samuel Gilman letters
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Samuel Gilman letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gilman, Samuel, 1791-1858.
Title: Samuel Gilman letters
Dates: 1832
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0309

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Gilman (1791-1858) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University from 1807 to 1811, and taught school in Boston from 1812-1817 in addition to working as a math tutor at Harvard in 1819. On December 1, 1819, Gilman was ordained minister of the Second Independent Church of Charleston, South Carolina, a Unitarian church. He also married Caroline Howard in December of 1819. Gilman remained in Charleston for the rest of his life, serving as chaplain of the Washington Light Infantry in Charleston for sixteen years. He also preached in the Unitarian Church in Savannah on numerous occasions. Gilman died while visiting his son-in-law in Kingston, Massachusetts, in 1858.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two letters concerning Samuel Gilman's membership in the Indiana Historical Society. Both letters, from John H. Farnham, contains notification that Gilman has been elected an honorary member of the society. The first letter is on a folio which contains extracts from the Indiana Historical Society constitution and charter.

Index Terms

Farnham, John H., (John Hay), 1791-1833.
Gilman, Samuel, 1791-1858.
Indiana Historical Society.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Samuel Gilman letters, MS 309, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: John H. Farnham to Samuel Gilman. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1832 January 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Notifying Gilman that he has been elected an honorary member of the Indiana Historical Society. This letter is on a folio which contains extracts from the constitution of the Indiana Historical Society and charter.
Item 2: John H. Farnham to Samuel Gilman. Salem, 1832 May 14 ( 1.0 p. )
This letter's contents are similar to that of the first letter.