James Morris Address, 1803 July - 1810 October 8
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Brief Description: 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.
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Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Record Series Number: 00/1953-49-0
Created by: Morris, James (1752 January 19 - 1820 April 20)
Volume: 1.0
Acquired: 01/01/1953.
Biographical Note for Morris, James (1752 January 19 - 1820 April 20) : James Morris was born on January 19, 1752. Morris was a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War, from 1775 till the end of the war, and at Germantown he was taken prisoner for three years. He graduate in 1775 from Yale and joined the revolutionary army; Yale at the time of the Revolutionary War halted classes. After the war he began to teach in his house; this becomes the Morris Academy. The Morris Academy is what Morris is known for especially because it was a coeducational institution which was rare at the time. In 1803 the school moved out of his house and became a full institution. Morris also founded the first library in Litchfield in 1785. His memoirs were published as well as the work, A Statistical Account of Several Towns in the County of Litchfield.
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Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
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Acquisition Notes: Adelaide Deming  Gift
PreferredCitation: James Morris Address (1953-49-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.