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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1557

Nathan Appleton correspondence with and material about Abbott Lawrence


Letters by and about manufacturer, banker, and Massachusetts congressman Nathan Appleton.


  • Creation: 1831-1856

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)

The bulk of the collection is 65 letters, 1831-1854, from Lawrence to Appleton that reflect Lawrence's career as a textile manufacturer and congressman, his interest in the tariff bill, and later his service as U.S. minister to England. Also letters to Appleton from Lawrence family members and others thanking him for his memoir on Lawrence; and a few letters to Appleton containing information about Lawrence, assembled in preparation for the writing of the memoir.

Biographical / Historical

Appleton, a manufacturer, banker, and Massachusetts congressman, was a founder of the city of Lowell, Mass., and helped build up Lawrence, Mass. and Manchester, N.H. He wrote a memoir of Abbott Lawrence, fellow textile manufacturer, founder of Lawrence, Mass., Massachusetts congressman, and diplomat.


Arranged alphabetically by author

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-185. Gift of Mrs. R. D. Fay; received: 1959.

Appleton, Nathan, 1779-1861. Nathan Appleton correspondence with and material about Abbott Lawrence, 1831-1856: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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