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Charles H. Silkman c1845 Letters to Chester Tuttle
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Charles Henry Silkman (1809-1877) was a lawyer in Providence, PA. Chester Tuttle was the publisher of the Luzerne Democrat, in Wilkes-Barre, in 1845. In the letter Silkman Silkman expresses frustration at efforts to block Hyde Park from forming a new county. In the second letter he mentions Merrifield.  His first wife was Lucilla S. Tripp, mentioned on this page. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. For more on Hyde Park history, see this site.

This two page stampless folded letter was written in the mid 1840s (no year date but based on 6 cent rate mark we know it was this timeframe) by Charles H. Silman - a prominent early attorney and one of the founders of HYDE PARK, Pennsylvania - and sent to Chester Tuttle, publisher of the Luzerne Democrat Newspaper in Wilkes Barre, PA.
Letter gives a detailed explanation of a new farming operation - how the barns and other infrastructure will be built, raising taxes to pay the road and school taxes, grain that will be grown, etc.  Not dated except for Apr. 2, but the mid-1840's based on postage on address portion.

Scanned, transcribed and contributed by: Susan White Pieroth July 2009, November 2009, March 2010

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