- Philip J. Weimerskirch
Hamlin, William (15 October 1772–22 November 1869), engraver and maker of scientific instruments, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Samuel Hamlin, a pewterer, and Thankful Ely. When he was four years old, he was taken to Middletown, Connecticut, remaining there until he was twenty-one. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to Samuel Canfield, a goldsmith and silversmith. Hamlin had wanted to be a painter, but his father made him follow a trade. He also took lessons in engraving from Richard Brunton. After completing his apprenticeship, he went to New York City and worked for Dudley Mann in Maiden Lane and for Peter Allison on Broadway, both silversmiths. After a few months, however, he returned to Providence to care for his ailing parents....