A Lesser Hartford Wit, Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith, 1771-1798

A Lesser Hartford Wit, Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith, 1771-1798

A Lesser Hartford Wit, Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith, 1771-1798

A Lesser Hartford Wit, Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith, 1771-1798

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The life and work of Elihu Hubbard Smith, one of the Hartford Wits and compiler of the earliest American anthology, was suggested to me as the subject for a master's thesis by Dr. H. M. Ellis, whose constant advice and generous help and assistance I gratefully acknowledge. Much of my material I found at the libraries of Yale and Harvard Universities, the New York Public Library, and the library of the New York Historical Society; and I am indebted to my mother for copying much of the data found at Yale and Harvard. Professor Emeritus Theodore S. Woolsey, of Yale, very kindly allowed me to use the valuable manuscript volumes of Dunlap Journals in his own library. I am pleased, also, to acknowledge my obligations to those whose prompt, courteous, and helpful replies to my inquiries have greatly facilitated my work. Among these were the officials of the Library of Congress; the librarians of the Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York Historical Societies; the librarians of Yale and Harvard Universities; Victor H. Paltsits, Chief of the American History Division and Keeper of the Manuscripts, New York Public Library; the late Professor H. A. Beers, of Yale; and Mr. Charles H. Coit, Vice President of the First National Bank of Lichfield and present owner of the Dr. Reuben Smith house.

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