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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1398

John Murray Forbes letters from various correspondents

Letters to American businessman John Murray Forbes as well as letters about him to his daughter Sarah Forbes Hughes.


  • 1861-1914

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)

Includes 14 letters to Forbes from various correspondents and 32 letters to Sarah Forbes Hughes, daughter of John Murray Forbes, relating chiefly to her biographical work on her father, Letters and Recollections of John Murray Forbes (1899).

Biographical / Historical

Forbes was a Boston businessman who was engaged in the China trade early in his life and later involved in railroad development in the American West.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

54M-289. Gift of W. Cameron Forbes; received: 1952.
Forbes, John Murray, 1813-1898, recipient. John Murray Forbes letters from various correspondents, 1861-1914: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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