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much alluvial meadow, the soil be-
ing of a strong deep loam, is very
fertile, and productive. Suflieid
contains some of the best farms in
the state. It lies 16 miles N. from
Hartford, and 10 S. from Spring-
field. Population i830, 2,690.

The' principal village is pleas-
antly located on rising ground ; it
contains many handsome buildings;
it is the site of the “ Connecticut
Literary Institution,” and com-
mands delightful views of the riv-
er and circumjacent country.

Gideon Granger, post master
general of the United States from
1801 to 1814, was born in Suffield,
in 1767. He died at Canandaigua,
N. Y., in 1822.

Oliver Phelps, Esq., “ a man
of extraordinary enterprise and ex-
tensive ' business, was for many
years a resident of this town. He
was tbe ‘maker of his own fortunes.’
He was a native of Windsor, but
was bred in this town, and received
a mercantile education. He en-
gaged in business in Granville,,
Mass., and soon became a very en-
terprising, sagacious and successful
trader. During tbe revolutionary
war, he was employed by the state
of Massachusetts, in the commis-
sary department. Whilst in this
situation, his transactions were of
a most extensive and responsible
nature, and his own paper formed
a kind of circulating medium. Af-
terwards he purchased a large es-
tate, and returned to this town. In
1789, he, in connection with the
Hon. Mr. Gorham, purchased of
the commonwealth of Massachu-
setts, a tract of land in the western
part of the state of New York, in
what is commonly called the Gen-
esee country, comprising 2,200,000
acres. This is probably the great-
est land purchase, or speculation,
ever made by two individuals in tbe
United States. This is a very ex-
cellent tract of land, having a mild-
climate, and fertile soil, and an
abundance of waters, and is now
comprised in the extensive counties
of Ontario and Steuben. In 1795,
Mr. Phelps, together with William
Hart and their associates, purchas-
ed of Connecticut, the tract of land
in the state of Ohio, called the
Western Reserve, comprising 3,-

300,000 acres.”

Suffolk County, Mass.

-See Boston and Chelsea.    5

Sugar River, N. H.

This river originates frOm Suna-
pee Lake"; it passes through part of
Wendell, the whole of Newport,
and nearly through the centre of
Claremont, vvhere it meets the Con-
necticut. Red Water brook, in
Claremont, is a tributary of Sugar
river. '

Sullivan, Me.

Hancock co. This maritime
town is situated at the head of
Frenchman’s bay, 93 miles E. from
Augusta, and 17 E. by S. from
Ellsworth. Population 1837, 611.
Sullivan has mill privileges, and is
finely located for ship building, and
other branches of business connec-
ted with navigation.

This town was incorporated in
1789, and received its name in hon-
or of
John' Sullivan, LL. I).,
a major general in the revolution-
ary war; -afterwards member of
congress, president of New Hamp-
shire, and district Judge-of th£ U.
S. Court. He was born in Maine,
and died in New Hampshire, 1795.

James Sullivan, LL. D., a
brother of Gen._ Sullivan, was born
at Berwick, in 1744. He early es-
poused tbe cause of his country,
and sustained tbe offices of member
of the provincial congress, attorney
general and governor of Massachu-
setts, with great talents and faith-

He died while governor, in 1808,
at a period of great political excite-
ment, honored and beloved hy all


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