A manuscript piece of music, the work of Mr. Adams, is in the possession of the family who own the Surriage fan.
Daniel Webster came one summer day (before 1852) to call on a friend who was boarding here, and together they went to pay their respects to Rev. William Adams. Doctor Adams was spending his vacation at the home of his father-in-law, Thatcher Magoun, the senior ship builder.
He married Susan P. Magoun in 1831, and her sister, Martha B. Magoun, in 1835.
He was an admirer of Webster and a distinguished man himself and was called one of the noted clergymen of New York City.
He was pastor of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, and at his Sunday evening services the aisles were filled with benches, and people stood up, so great were the crowds that gathered to hear him preach.
He published several volumes of sermons and other works, and on giving up preaching became President of Union Theological Seminary.
He was born in Colchester, Conn., January 25, 1807, and d