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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1462-1462.2

Daniel Webster and Caroline Webster papers


Papers of American statesman Daniel Webster and his wife, Caroline Webster.


  • Creation: 1822-1839

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 and 2 volumes)

Contains letters and invitations from prominent Britons that Webster and his wife Caroline LeRoy Webster received while visiting England in 1839; the journal she kept of their tour; and an album of engraved invitations and calling cards also from their European trip. Also includes a few letters Caroline Webster wrote to her sister and other LeRoy family members before her marriage.

Biographical / Historical

Webster was an American statesman and lawyer. During the 1839 European trip documented in this collection, he was a senator from Massachusetts.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1462: Mr. W. and I
  2. II. MS Am 1462.1: Calling cards
  3. III. MS Am 1462.2: Letters to Daniel and Caroline Webster

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-181, 43M-184, and 55M-270. Gift of The Corporation of Harvard University; received: 1943 September 30.

Manuscripts originally accessioned as *43M-182 & 183 have been re-accessioned as *55M-270 in order to list them in detail.

These manuscripts were given by Mrs. Hamlin Smith (Helena Hall Smith) to the Women's Division of the Cambridge War Finance Committee of the Third War Loan Drive of 1943, and awarded by the Committee to the Corporation as the largest Cambridge subscriber to the Drive.

Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Daniel Webster and Caroline Webster papers, 1822-1839: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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