History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

Worship in 1835. After his decease a volume of his sermons was published (in 1849) by his brother Oliver. He died May 28, 1847, in the 48th year of his age, greatly revered and lamented. A monument near the Chapin chapel bears this inscription: "Erected by citizens of Springfield in grateful recognition of his services in securing for them this beautiful resting place for their dead."
    At a meeting of the proprietors of the seminary, April 18, 1843, a vote was passed to sell and distribute the proceeds of the sale among the proprietors, according to the number of shares owned by them, and the next day the property was sold to Miss Margarette T. Emery for $1802.17. The following is a copy of a certificate of stock issued at the time: --

    This certified that Harvey Chapin is the proprietor of two shares, No. 34, 25, in the capital stock of the proprietors of the Female seminary in Springfield, which shares may be assigned by a transfer on the back of this certificate, which, being recorded by the clerk, shall constitute such assignee owner of such shares.

Attest.                                     James Byers, President.
     Shares 25 dollars each.                     Benjamin Day, Clerk.

    Miss Emery was the daughter of Capt. Robert Emery, who lived in the house that stood on the lot where the Boston & Albany granite building now stands. When Miss Emery took possession of the house she made some improvements upon it, and resided there a number of years in unity with Mrs. Col. Edmund Rowland, whose husband was a dry-goods merchant, and Mrs. William Bliss, the mother of the president of Boston & Albany Railroad corporation. In their quiet retreat in the evening of their lives the place bore the sobriquet of "Saints' Rest." The were devout members of Rev. Dr. W. B. O. Peabody's society. On the death of Miss Emery, the trustees of the estate, John B. Stebbins and the late Henry Alexander, Jr., sold the property April 1, 1870, to Frederick H. Harris, for $10,000.

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