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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1613

Letters to James Bradley Thayer from various correspondents


Letters to American lawyer and Harvard Law School professor James Bradley Thayer from Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.


  • 1778-1895

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters to Thayer from various correspondents address issues such as inquiring about Thayer's opinion of literary works, Iliad and Odyssey translations, and thank-you notes for gifts and books. Many letters are from Emerson concerning life in Boston and Cambridge, history of the Concord fight, questions concerning editors and legal and financial matters. Letters also address Emerson's poetry, including a poem written to Sarah Bradford and an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner.

Biographical / Historical

James Bradley Thayer was a Boston lawyer and professor of law at Harvard (1873-1902).


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*60M-6. Bequest of James Bradley Thayer; received: 1960.

Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902, recipient. Letters to James Bradley Thayer from various correspondents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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