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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1107

Charles Sumner letters to George Washington Greene


Letters from U.S. statesman Charles Sumner to American author and educator George Washington Greene.


  • 1830-1873

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters mention a range of topics including Sumner's travels in Italy, mutual acquaintances, literature, politics and political appointments, philosophy, and Sumner's lectures. Sumner also discusses the correspondence of John Adams and General Nathanael Greene, Greene's grandfather, and requests Greene's help regarding an unspecified building and statue being built in Boston. Several letters mention Sumner and Greene's articles and political tracts and Greene's books.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Sumner was an U.S. statesman of the American Civil War period dedicated to human equality and to the abolition of slavery. George Washington Greene was an American author and educator.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*48M-192. Purchased with the Friends Fund from F. G. Sweet; received: 1949.

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Charles Sumner letters to George Washington Greene, 1830-1873: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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