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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1495

Edward Lillie Pierce letters from various correspondents

Letters from various correspondents to American lawyer and politician Edward Lillie Pierce.


  • 1850-1895
  • Majority of material found in 1852-1878

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of letters to Pierce on political and legal affairs, some in response to the speeches and writings that he mailed to friends and colleagues. Correspondents include Charles Francis Adams, Richard Henry Dana, James Miller McKim, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Henry Wilson.

Biographical / Historical

Pierce, a lawyer, held many civil offices in Massachusetts, was active in Republican politics, and was the official biographer of Charles Sumner.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

55M-303. Gift of Edward P. Hamilton; received: 1951.
Pierce, Edward Lillie, 1829-1897, recipient. Edward Lillie Pierce letters from various correspondents, 1850-1895: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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