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The correspondence of Katharine Peabody Loring contains some letters from abroad, including a letter from Alice Bache Gould in Spain and several descriptions by Clara Winthrop of her travels in India. Other letters from friends and family members made mention of Katharine Peabody Loring's great kindnesses and charitable activities. Her interest in working towards establishment of an international peacekeeping body is reflected in two certificates issued in 1918: one appointing her to the Win the War for Permanent Peace Convention, and one from the New England Congress for a League of Free Nations.
Some items pertain to both sisters; programs of the 1907 National Arbitration and Peace Conference Dinner in New York, invitations to the White House in 1911 and 1913, and miscellaneous writings and photographs.
The letters to Louisa Putnam Loring refer almost exclusively to her work on behalf of Bulgarian schoolchildren. The remainder of the material relating to Louisa Putnam Loring reflects her involvement in two organizations: Aiken Cottages in Aiken, South Carolina, and the Essex County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Katharine Peabody Loring and Louisa Putnam Loring were daughters of Elizabeth (Smith) Loring and Caleb William Loring, Jane Lathrop Loring's brother. Born on May 21, 1849, Katharine Peabody Loring was a founder of and for twenty years a teacher in the Society to Encourage Studies at Home. A trustee of the Beverly Public Library, Red Cross worker, and officer in the Woman's Education Association and in the Massachusetts Library Club, she was also a close friend of Alice James (1848-1892), sister of Henry James and William James. She wrote The Earliest Summer Residents of the North Shore and Their Houses (1932) and assisted in the preparation of Loring Genealogy (1917). For further information about Katharine Peabody Loring, see Jean Strouse, Alice James, A Biography (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980).
Louisa Putnam Loring was born on January 15, 1854. The founder (and president) of the Aiken, South Carolina, Sanitarium, also called Aiken Cottages, and the Beverly Anti-Tuberculosis Society, she also held offices in the Beverly Hospital and the Essex County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She compiled The Hymns of the Ages (American Unitarian Association, 1906). After 1872 she lived at Pride's Crossing, Massachusetts, until her death on May 18, 1924. She is mentioned in Strouse's book about Alice James (see above).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of the Loring family were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1977 by Susan G. Loring,Louisa Vaughan Conrad, and Mary Loring Clapp, grandnieces of Katharine Peabody Loring and Louisa Putnam Loring.
By: Anne Engelhart
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