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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1218

William Hickling Prescott letters to Richard Bentley


Letters of American historian William Hickling Prescott to Richard Bentley.


  • 1837-1858

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 to Richard Bentley, together with a few unidentified fragments of letters.

Biographical / Historical

William Hickling Prescott, born in Salem, Massachusetts to a prominent family, wrote romantic and highly-regarded works of Spanish and Latin American history.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-384. Purchased from Scribner; received: 1945.

Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859. William Hickling Prescott letters to Richard Bentley, 1837-1858: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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