Abel Buell of Connecticut, Silversmith, Typefounder & Engraver

Abel Buell of Connecticut, Silversmith, Typefounder & Engraver

Abel Buell of Connecticut, Silversmith, Typefounder & Engraver

Abel Buell of Connecticut, Silversmith, Typefounder & Engraver

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On a later page of this book it is remarked that Abel Buell was fortunate in the number of second chances which life held out to him. His biographer has been similarly favored. The Wesleyan University Press has given me a second chance by proposing the publication of a new and revised edition of Abel Buell of Connecticut: Silversmith, Type Founder & Engraver, originally brought out by the Acorn Club in 1926. I am grateful for the opportunity thus provided to present new material and to restate certain interpretations which later discoveries have shown to be incorrect. These additions and revisions are the result of my own continuing interest in the subject stimulated by new data generously conveyed to me by Mr. Thompson R. Harlow, Librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society; Mr. Clarence S. Brigham, Director of the American Antiquarian Society; and Mr. Robert W. G. Vail, Director of the New York Historical Society. More specific acknowledgment to these and others is made in the ensuing text and notes. I am grateful also to Mr. Harold Hugo of the Meriden Gravure Company for aid in connection with the illustrations which, as always in his association with authors and publishers, has gone far beyond the actual production of the engravings. I owe particular thanks to Miss Marion W. Adams, my former associate in the work of the John Carter Brown Library, for editorial assistance and for advice of the sort which has been of singular helpfulness to me throughout the years. Finally, I record my thanks to the members of the Acorn Club of Connecticut for their will-

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