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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1865-1865.1

Thomas Sergeant Perry letters to Hercules Warren Fay


Correspondence of the American scholar Thomas Sergeant Perry and the American clergyman and writer Hercules Warren Fay.


  • 1891-1896

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)
This collection contains 304 letters from Perry to H. W. Fay, along with several letters written to Perry from various correspondents. The letters from Perry to Fay were written while Perry was living in Paris. These letters contain detailed descriptions of Perry's daily life in Paris, and also describe his travels in Europe. Perry also writes of the Episcopal society, and publications in Paris newspapers, which he frequently sent to Fay. Perry also suggests to Fay articles that could be published in the Nation. Perry writes often of his tennis games, stamp collecting, the local cuisine, and several times mentions visits he made to Monet. Letters written to Perry include comments on his book Evolution of the Snob.

Biographical / Historical

Perry was an American literary critic, scholar, and educator. Fay was an Episcopal clergyman who left the ministry because of poor health. He was a regular contributor of notes and reviews to The Nation and other papers.


Organized into the following series:
  1. MS Am 1865: Letters to Hercules Warren Fay and other letters
  2. MS Am 1865.1: Additional letters to Hercules Warren Fay and other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*71M-11 and *71M-36. Purchased with the C. E. Norton fund and the S. Norton fund from John J. Walsh, P.O. Box 197, Roslindale, Massachusetts 02131; received: 1971 July 15.
Perry, Thomas Sergeant, 1845-1928. Thomas Sergeant Perry letters to Hercules Warren Fay: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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