September 07, 1867
Joshua Chamberlain and William Seward Assist the Jaffa -Adams- Colonists in 1867
In February 1866 actor and preacher George Jones Adams met with President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward to receive the blessing of the US govement for his proposed colonization of the city of Jaffa. 156 colonists sailed from Jonesport, Maine in August, 1866, in what turned out to be a tragic effort. By fall of 1867 they sought American aid. Mark Twain visited the colony at about that time, writing about it in The Innocents Abroad. Twain and his fellow travelers helped forty of the colonists escape to Egypt.
Joshua Chamberlain ALS, 1 page, octavo, with accompanying secretarial copy of a William Seward letter, 2 pages, both concerning the Jaffa colonists.