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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3308

Abbott Lawrence personal and company correspondence and letterbook


Contains loose correspondence and a letterbook relating to Abbott Lawrence, as well as company letters that continue after his death, signed by Lawrence company representatives.


  • 1847-1865


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.2 linear feet (1 box)
Contains a letterbook and loose letters with correspondence from Lawrence and his company representatives to a variety of recipients, dating 1847 July to 1855 February. Letters continue through 1865 March, sinced as A. and A. Lawrence Co., James Lawrence, or William Dwight (treasurer). The topics of the letters include education, industrial development, Central America, politics, diplomacy, the American Colonization Society, the cotton market, railroad investment, war with Mexico, and more.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence, a merchant, textile manufacturer, railroad promoter, Massachusetts congressman, and diplomat, was the U.S. minister to England (1849-1852).


Collection has been minimally processed. Materials have not been arranged.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014M-2. Purchase, Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, 2014 July.

Related Materials

For further Abbott Lawrence materials, see Abbott Lawrence Papers, 1849-1852 (MS Am 1556-1556.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog
Lawrence, Abbott,1792-1855.. Abbott Lawrence personal and company correspondence and letterbook, 1847-1865 (MS Am 3308): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 May 29
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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