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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1518.1

William Warland Clapp letters from various correspondents


Letters to Boston journalist and author William Warland Clapp.


  • 1819-1889

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)
Letters to Clapp from Henry A. Delille, Edward Everett, Jonas Hanot French, Alexander Hamilton Rice, Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber and others. Letters mostly address topics on the Army during the Civil war, including Army Desertion, the Army and President Lincoln's plans and maneuvers, and various personal accounts of soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Letters also concern letters to the editor of the Evening Gazette and Boston Gazette about war stories that readers wanted published, and angry letters about publications. Collection also contains a letter of thanks to Clapp from the Armory of the Boston Light Infantry, a signature of Seminole Chief Bobby Bow Legs, and various invitations.

Biographical / Historical

Clapp was a journalist and author. He was editor of the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette (1847-1865) and editor of the Boston Journal (1865-1891).


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-264. Gift of Mrs J. H. Means, 60 Mt. Vernon Street Boston 8, Mass.; received: 1957.
Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891, recipient. William Warland Clapp letters from various correspondents, 1819-1889: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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