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COLLECTION Identifier: HUD 815.69

Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents

Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867), a lawyer who practiced in Philadelphia and Boston, was the son of Eliphalet Pearson, Harvard’s second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 to 1806, the College’s interim President from 1804 to 1806, and a member of the Harvard Corporation. After beginning his studies at Yale College as a member of the Class of 1815, Pearson entered Harvard College as a senior in 1815 and graduated with an A.B in 1816. All letters in this collection were written to his parents, especially to his father, Eliphalet Pearson, while a student at Harvard.

Dates

  • 1815-1816

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents is open for research.

Extent

0.22 cubic feet (1 legal half document box)

The Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents consist of correspondence dating from 1815 to 1816, written by Pearson to his parents, and primarily to his father, Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826). An interesting exchange of letters between Henry and his father Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826) deals with Henry's student days at Harvard. Many issues that Pearson experienced are similar to the issues of today`s students, including personal finances and anxieties of student life. Of particular interest in this collection is Pearson`s admission and transition to Harvard after studying for two years at Yale College. Pearson writes his father about receiving his “admittatur,” from Latin meaning “be admitted,” which was signed by Harvard President John Thornton Kirkland.

Biographical note

Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867), a lawyer in Philadelphia and Boston, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1795. He was the son of Eliphalet Pearson, who was Harvard's second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 to 1806, the College's interim President from 1804 to 1806, and a member of the Harvard Corporation; and Sarah Pearson. Pearson entered Yale College as a member of the class of 1815, but left without receiving a degree. After examiniation by the Harvard faculty in the Fall of 1815, Pearson then entered Harvard College as a senior, and graduated with an A.B in 1816. While at Harvard, Pearson served as the collector of the astronomy theses, and received a Bowdoin prize for this dissertation on the Iliad. After Harvard, Pearson practiced law in Philadelphia and Boston. Pearson married Elizabeth, daughter of William McFarland, in December 1840.

Related Materials

At the Harvard University Archives:
  1. Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Faculty minutes, 1807-1994 (UAIII 5.5)
  2. Papers of Eliphalet Pearson, 1768-1819 (HUM 79)
At Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University:
  1. Henry Bromfield Pearson papers (MS 389)
  2. Bromfield family papers (MS 599)

Processing Information

The Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents was processed in July 2017 by Hyunjin Cho. Processing included rehousing materials in appropriate archival containers and the creation of this finding aid. Titles were supplied by the archivist.
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Title
Pearson, Henry B. (Henry Bromfield). Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents, 1815-1816 : an inventory
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EAD ID
hua12017

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

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