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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 2154117

Nathaniel Holmes speeches


Contains various speeches given by Judge Holmes on topics relating mainly to religion, Bacon and Shakespeare.


  • 1864-1899

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This collection consists of both handwritten and printed speeches and lectures given by Judge Nathaniel Holmes to a variety of audiences. The speeches mainly relate to topics such as religion, Bacon, and Shakespeare. Also included are several Book Notices written by Holmes.

Historical/Biographical Information

Nathaniel Holmes was born in Peterborough, N.H. and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1838. He was admitted to the Suffolk Bar in 1839 and moved to St. Louis where he served as judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri from 1865 to 1868. He was professor of law at Harvard Law School from 1868 to 1872. He wrote extensively questioning the authorship of works attributed to Shakespeare.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by David De Lorenzo, April 1991. Edited by Erica C. Bicchieri, 2002.

Holmes, Nathaniel. Speeches, 1864-1899: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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