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COLLECTION Identifier: HUD 200.505

Letters to Lemuel Shaw

Letters from Timothy Boutelle, 1798-1801 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Timothy Boutelle to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1798-1801, written from Boutelle’s home town of Leominster, and Leicester, Massachusetts, where he was a teacher. Topics include Boutelle’s decision to take a semester off from Harvard in the winter of 1798-1799 to attend a dancing school in Leominster, his relief at escaping the confines of Harvard life, and personal belongings and books that he left behind at the college and wished for Shaw to send him; an illness that...

Letters from Timothy Boutelle, 1801 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Timothy Boutelle to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1801, written from Leicester, Massachusetts, and his home town of Leominster. Topics include a graduation ceremony for students at Leicester Academy, where Boutelle was a teacher; the absence of good books and friendship in his life; his interactions with women; a former classmate’s opinion of Harvard’s governance; the subjects studied by his female pupils and their scholastic abilities; reprimand of one a student for growing...

Letters from Timothy Boutelle, 1801-1807 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Timothy Boutelle to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1801-1807, regarding U.S. postal laws and other legal topics; gaps in their correspondence; and mutual friend and classmate, Timothy Flint, who had become a minister. In 1803, Boutelle moved from Leominster to Waterville, Maine (then Massachusetts), which had been incorporated as a town in June 1802, and he writes that he believes that Waterville may become a seat of government, and provides details about his law office, the...

Letters from Timothy Flint, 1800-1801 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Timothy Flint, in Reading and Cohasset, Massachusetts, to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1800-1801, requesting that Shaw purchase a number of second hand books for a friend’s son who was entering Harvard College and inquiring about college news. He also tells Shaw about a fever afflicting him, his family, and servants, and later discusses a romantic interest.

Letters from Abiel Holbrook, 1800-1801 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Abiel Holbrook to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1800-1801. His first letter relates to his arrival in Haywood, Virginia, where he was employed as a tutor to two boys, and his impressions of the landscape, society, and politics in the state. Holbrook describes sailing up the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, as well as the “extensive plantations” on the banks. He writes about a visit to George Washington’s nephew, William Augustine Washington (1757-1810), at his...

Letters from Daniel Kimball, 1801-1857 Digital

Scope and Contents One letter from Daniel Kimball to Lemuel Shaw in 1801, in which he writes about life in Sandwich, Massachusetts, where Kimball settled after graduating Harvard, and his attendance at a sermon of Isaiah Alden, as well as their classmate Timothy Flint’s profession; and one letter written in 1857 in Needham, thanking Shaw for a sketch of their Harvard classmate, physician Samuel Weed, who roomed with Kimball while attending Atkinson Academy in New Hampshire.

Letter from William Sawyer, 1844 Digital

Scope and Contents One letter from William Sawyer, in Wakefield, New Hampshire, to Lemuel Shaw, dated 1844, regarding a missed opportunity for a visit when Shaw came to Sawyer's home while he was away, and a dinner he had with another Harvard classmate, John Knapp (1779-1849). Sawyer further provides updates on his life since Harvard, noting he had largely abandoned the practice of law to focus on his farm. He also references Shaw’s career as a judge and expresses interest in hearing about his surviving Harvard...