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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1408

Parkman family, Edward Twisleton, and Sarah Wyman Whitman additional papers

Correspondence of the Parkman family of Boston, Mass. along with papers of Edward Twiselton, who was a distant Parkman family relation and letters to Sarah Wyman Whitman, a close friend of Frances Parkman.


  • 1763-1917
  • Majority of material found in 1850-1907

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (3 boxes)

Although this collection contains some correspondence of Henry Parkman and letters to his wife Frances, the bulk of it consists of papers of Edward Twisleton and letters to Sarah Wyman Whitman. Many of the letters to Twisleton, including 51 letters from the handwriting expert Charles Chabot, concern his involvement in the controversy surrounding the identity of the author of the "Junius" letters. There are also 26 letters between Twisleton and Walter Savage Landor. Letters to Sarah Whitman are often of a social nature but some concern her art work. There are 30 letters to Whitman from Phillips Brooks. Additionally, there is a series of 19 letters from Henry Parkman to his mother and a group of letters to Frances Parkman from Sarah Orne Jewett.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Parkman (1850-1924) was a Boston lawyer and banker. In 1890, he married Frances Parker, of Newark, N.J. Edward Twisleton (1809-1874) was a British public official who served on several government commissions. Twisleton's wife Ellen was an aunt of Henry Parkman. Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) was a Boston artist and book designer. She was a close friend of Frances Parkman.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Papers
  2. II. Miscellaneous unidentified manuscripts
  3. III. Miscellanea

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-606. Deposited by the heirs of Mr. and Mrs . Henry Parkman; c/o William P. Homans, Cedar Lane Farm, Canton, Mass.; received: 1942.
Parkman family, Edward Twisleton, and Sarah Wyman Whitman additional papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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