Manuscript petition for monetary subscriptions to aid in relocating Dr. Peck to the town of Hatfield, "as he was encouraged" by them to do, signed in ink and pencil by 88 citizens of the town. The subscribers include Israel Billings, Dexter Allis, Chester Morton, Caleb Dickinson, Elijah Bardwell, Roswell Hubbard, Samuel Smith, and numerous others. The amount of their pledges, varying from $5 to 50 cents, follows their name, for a total of approx. $155. Single sheet, folded to 24 x 21 cm., two leaves, 3 pp. of text (4th page blank). Upper left corner of the first leaf detached but present, small chip resulting in the loss of one pledge amount; second leaf lacking the [blank?] upper third. A tender copy. Item #66199
Evidently the petitioners were successful. Addison Peck (?-1866) graduated from Boston Medical School in 1831 and read medicine with his father Dr. Gustavus Peck and with Dr. Jabez Fisher in Boston. He moved to Hatfield in 1837 to practice medicine and built a house there on Main Street in the same year. From there he moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and in 1862, he resettled in Aurora, Nevada Territory. He died there in 1866. [see: "A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Joseph Peck.... " by Ira Peck (Boston: 1868), p.258; and "A History of Hatfield, Massachusetts, in Three Parts," by Daniel and Rufus Wells (Hatfield, MA: 1910), p.303].