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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Aaron Hobart Collection
|Benjamin Hobart to Aaron Hobart discussing the death of Captain Shaw, foreign affairs, the dueling of peers and exchanging general news
|13 November 1805
|Hobart, Benjamin (1781-1877)
|Shares Aaron's sentiments about the death of Capt. Shaw and his brother. Questions "the tenure of life" and claims that "to live and die is all we have to do- but to die prepared ought to be our chief concern." Mentions that "things go on in their old course-" Mr. Sheldon and Mr. Pitman are still dueling, his friends are alright, and he is reading Blackstone and Coke upon Littleton. Send his regards to Salome and advises that if it will make her happy she can come and visit Providence. Mentions that although "it is not believed," it has been reported in Providence that "Spain has declared war against America." States, "Mr Sheldon & Mr Pitman carry on their warfare about dueling with great animosity. Mr Cleveland has engaged to keep school 4 months at Dedham....It is reported here this evening that Spain has declared War against America - It is not believed..."
|Law Education Duel Death Religion Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs
|Hobart, Benjamin (1781-1877) Hobart, Aaron (1787-1858)
|Providence, Rhode Island
|Foreign Affairs; Women in American History; Education; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Benjamin Hobart was Aaron's uncle. Aaron Hobart, lawyer, jurist, state senator, and congressman, was born in Abington, Massachusetts and graduated from Brown University in 1805. He was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Abington, Massachusetts. In 1824, he moved to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a representative in the state legislature in 1814; a state senator in 1819; and in 1820 was elected a representative in the 16th congress to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected to the 17th, 18th, & 19th congresses, serving from 1820-1827. He was a member of the governor's council, 1827-31, and a probate judge from 1843-58.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859