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ELLIOTT, Charles Wyllys, author, born in Guilford, Connecticut, 27 May 1817; died 23 August 188a. He was a lineal descendant in the fifth generation of Eliot the "Indian Apostle." After some years spent in mercantile life in the City of New York, he studied horticulture and landscape gardening with A. J. Downing, at Newburg, in 1838'9, and from 1840 till 1848 practiced those pursuits at Cincinnati. He then returned to New York and engaged with his brother Henry in the iron business, devoting his attention also to literary and philanthropic labors. He was one of the founders and trustees of the Children's aid society in 1853. In 1857 he was appointed one of the commissioners for laying out Central park in the City of New York. He resided for some time in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became manager of the Household art company of Boston, and afterward in his native place. He has published " Cottages and Cottage Life" (New York, 1848); " Mysteries, or Glimpses of the Supernatural" (1852); "St. Domingo, its Revolution and its Hero, Toussaint l'Ouverture" (1855); "The New England History, from the Discovery of the Continent by the Northmen, A. D. 986, to 1776" (1857); " Remarkable Characters and Places in the Holy Land" (Hartford, 1867): " Wind and Whirlwind," a novel, by " Mr. Thorn Whyte" (New York, 1868); "The Book of American Interiors, prepared from existing Houses," with heliotype illustrations (Boston, 1876); and "Pottery and Porcelain, from Early Times to the Philadelphia. Exhibition," giving the marks and monograms (New York, 1877). He was also a frequent contributor to periodicals, and was the author of several novels published anonymously.
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