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James Morris Address


Identifier: 00-1953-49-0

Scope and Contents

The James Morris Address (2952) was delivered sometime between July of 1803 and October 8th of 1810. The address is a brief account of local history. It covers the founding of Litchfield describing the conditions of the early settlers. There are also accounts of the suicides and murders in the town, and there is account of the capture of Captain Jacob Griswould. There are other topics covered such as important buildings in Litchfield at the time (parishes, saw mills, &tc). Another topic discussed in the address is local culture; especially discussed is the concept of the “Fiddle and Frolick [sic]” or “Freedom Frolick[sic].” This event is in celebration of a man turning twenty-one and involves dancing to music and drinking cider. The item includes the original docuement and a typed transcription.


  • created: 1803 July - 1810 October 8
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1953


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Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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Custodial History

The date the item was donated was not noted, but there was a large donation of papers donated by Adelaide Deming in 1953; so, this item has been placed in that date.

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Adelaide Deming

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Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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