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The Sewalls were apparently a close-knit family and these letters provide information about them and their daily lives, education, and interests. Subjects addressed include spiritualism, religion and preachers, teaching and teachers, death, loneliness, the Civil War, clothes, business, travel, dancing school, widows, and health.
The correspondence is arranged in four groups: letters to Otis C. Sewall, correspondence of Abby (Morgridge) Sewall, correspondence of Augusta S., and letters from others to others. Within each group the arrangement is chronological.
The Sewall children (Augusta, Eugene, and Howard) were educated locally and at nearby Kents Hill School. Augusta became a teacher and taught in Maine, New Jersey, and New York. She married Stephen Hawes in about 1866; they lived in Chelsea, Mass.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Brooklyn, N.Y. Eugene, a carpenter and lumberman, worked in several New England towns. He married Augusta Hutchins in 1857; they lived near his parents and, in about 1866, had a son, Willis. According to a descendant, Eugene had another son, Eugene (ca.1890-1984).
According to the same descendant, Howard (born 1835) was in the lumber and real estate business and a builder, and was married twice. His second wife was Carrie (Weston), a Vassar graduate; they had a son, Dr. Weston Fullerton Sewall (1904-1986).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Sewall family papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edmund W.E. (Leigh) Stein in December 1987. The donor had recently bought them at auction in Boston, Massachusetts.
By: Bert Hartry
- Clothing and dress
- Commercial agents
- Country life
- Dance--Social aspects
- Death--Psychological aspects
- Health--History--19th century
- Maine--Social life and customs
- Mental health
- Mothers and daughters
- Mothers and sons
- Religion--History--19th century
- Rural women
- Single women
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Women teachers
- Women--Health and hygiene
- Sewall family. Papers of the Sewall family, 1837-1904: A Finding Aid
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