This letter was written by Albert G. White (1819-1856), son of Ruluff and Alta (Fuller) White, of Orwell, Vermont. The letter was datelined from Shoreham, Vermont, from which place he practiced law between 1845 and 1847. He was married in 1845 to Caroline Cynthia Fisher of Orwell, Addison County, Vermont, which was also his home town. Albert attended Norwich University and would have graduated in the class of 1842 had he not lost his right arm by a premature explosion of a cannon in a fourth of July celebration in Norwich in 1841. Subsequent to this tragedy, he left the university, studied law and was admitted to the bar in Vermont. He later moved to Whitehall, New York and New York City where he died.
Albert wrote this letter to Loyal Case Kellogg (1816-1872), son of John and Harriet (Nash) Kellogg. Kellogg was a graduate of Amherst College (1836), and was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1839, practicing in Benson. He was elected a judge of the Supreme Court in Vermont in 1859 and served 8 years. He never married.
Addressed to L. C. Kellogg, Esq., Benson, Vermont
November 18th 1846
Mr. Reed of your place told me last spring that he thought R. Walker would be an important witness for me in my suit in Fair Haven. Will you do me the favor to call on him & ascertain if he crossed the bridge on the day I was thrown out of my wagon or about that time & tell me if you think it best to call upon him to testify.
My dear sir, what do you think of the late election in New York? It is too bad. The Whigs here are flourishing, as their prototypes did in the days of Solomon — “like a green bay tree” (or horse, I have forgotten which). ¹ They almost resolved to send to Ampudia a pair of long ears as the insignia of their order. They were detered by the expense.
How are you flourishing these days? And why don’t you write me a journal of what is interesting in your dominions. If you continue so silent, I shall come to the conclusion that cupid has made a target of your heart & you are indulging in dreary reveries in fancy’s land (i.e.) the fools paradise.
Please send me a full sheet and oblige. Yours truly, — A. G. White
¹ The biblical passage reads: “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.”