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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1755

William Allen family correspondence


Correspondence of Unitarian minister William Allen and his family.


  • 1802-1872

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1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Letters to William Allen from family members and others, together with other family correspondence. Includes 82 letters, 1836-1853, from William Henry Channing to his wife Julia Allen Channing and 16 letters from Jared Sparks to William Allen and to Julia Allen Channing. Also includes letters to William Ellery Channing from his uncle William Ellery and from his sister.

Biographical / Historical

William Allen of Rondout, N.Y. was the father of Julia Allen, the wife of William Henry Channing, Unitarian minister, and of Frances Allen, the first wife of Jared Sparks, Unitarian minister, historian, and president of Harvard.


Alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*64M-240. Purchased with the Keller Fund and the Hyde Fund from William P. Wreden, Box 56, Palo Alto, California; received: 1965.
Allen, William. William Allen family correspondence: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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