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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1556-1556.1 ‡MS Am 1556.1

Abbott Lawrence papers


Private letters and dispatches written and received by Massachusetts congressman Abbott Lawrence while he was serving as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the U.S. in London.


  • 1849-1852

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (9 volumes)
This collection centers on Lawrence's tenure as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the U.S. in London. It contains transcripts of official dispatches between Lawrence and Secretaries of State, John Middleton Clayton and Daniel Webster; Lawrence's private correspondence, also on matters of state; and invitations and cards he received while in England. Included (see index in each vol.) is much discussion of plans for a joint U.S.-British interoceanic canal through Central America. Also (in vol. 4) copies of speeches and letters, 1837-1842, on the protective tariff. .

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence, a merchant, textile manufacturer, railroad promoter, Massachusetts congressman, and diplomat, was the U.S. minister to England (1849-1852).


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. MS Am 1556: Papers
  2. II. MS Am 1556.1: Additional papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*58M-184. Gift of Mrs R. D. Fay, 177 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge 38, Massachusetts; received: 1959 March 2.
Lawrence, Abbott, 1792-1855. Abbott Lawrence papers, 1849-1852: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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