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April 30, 1838 Free Franked Letter
with Providence CDS
From Charles F. Tillinghast to Joseph L. Tillinghast -
(Scroll Down for Background Information, History and Text of Letter)
The Letter is dated
April 30, 1838
and is from Charles Foster
Tillinghast in Providence,
RI and concerns collection of debts. The cover is canceled with
Red Providence, May 2 CDS.
and is marked with a Red
(Free Franking Privilege).
The Free Franking privilege was extended to the
also included the right to receive mail free. This letter and
the following three letters were
to Representative Joseph Tillinghast, the Franker under that
of the fifth Tillinghast generation in America was born in New
York City on June 18, 1797 to
and Theodoria Foster
Tillinghast. He was the
Great-Grandson of Governor
Stephen Hopkins of Rhode
Island. Charles attended private schools in Providence and then
entered Brown University.
He graduated in the class of 1814 at the age of seventeen. He
studied law under Samuel W. Bridgman of Providence and was
admitted to the Bar in 1816. He practiced his first year in
Chepachet and then returned to Providence where he formed a
partnership with Bridgman. After
dissolving the partnership
with Bridgman, Charles practiced on his own until 1842 when
he formed a partnership with Charles S. Bradley,
(later a Chief Justice).
Tillinghast & Bradley
were in practice together until 1848.
Charles was a brilliant
lawyer and was considered by most to be one of the best of the
era. He had no desire to enter politics and never sought public
office. He did serve one term in the State Legislature. He was
married to Lusanna Richmond,
who died in Providence
September 29, 1863
. She was daughter of
Lusanna's father, William was the president of the Mechanics'
Bank of Providence.
During the time this
letter was written, (1838)
Tillinghast was practicing law on his own in Providence. Charles
at his home in Providence, Rhode Island on
August 3, 1864.
Tillinghast was born in
Taunton, Massachusetts in 1791. He was a fifth generation
descendant of Pardon
Tillinghast, one of the
original proprietors of Providence, Rhode Island. Joseph
Tillinghast was a United States Representative from 1837 to
1817 Joseph Tillinghast Letter for additional Biographical
The text of the letter
Providence Apr 30, 1838
Until the receipt
of your letter of 27th instant, I was under the impression
that I had written to the Bank of Prov information of the
recovery of and payment against D'Wolf - A citation has been
taken out and I shall deliver it to the Sheriff at Bristol
with directions to collect on issue.
I have written to Lt Gov Willard this
has called upon me to pay him the debt on his execution
against Alfred Graves, a part of which has been (&
the whole will soon be) paid to me by the officer -
Shall I pay him or refer him to you?
Charles F. Tillinghast