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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2193

John Gorham Palfrey letters to William Taylor Palfrey


Letters from Unitarian minister and Harvard professor John Gorham Palfrey to his brother William.


  • Creation: 1818-1866


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 (1 volume in 1 box)

Also includes letter from W.T. Palfrey to J.G. Palfrey and a note on the Palfrey family by George De Clout Palfrey.

Biographical / Historical

John Gorham Palfrey (1796-1881), was a Unitarian minister, professor at Harvard Divinity School, editor of the North American Review, congressman from Massachusetts (1847-1849), postmaster of Boston (1861-1867), and historian, best known for his multi-volume History of New England. William Taylor Palfrey was his brother.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-53. Gift of Mrs. H.J. Leake, received: 1957 September. Mrs. Leake's first name is unknown as of 2021.

Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881. John Gorham Palfrey letters to William Taylor Palfrey, 1818-1866: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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