Papers, 1794-1901, bulk: 1831-1877.


Papers, 1794-1901, bulk: 1831-1877.

Correspondence, diaries, and other papers of Boston lawyer George Bemis. Building his reputation in part through his assistance to the prosecution in the trial of Harvard professor John W. Webster for the murder of George Parkman, Bemis later became an authority in international law. He assisted the U.S. government in pursuing the Alabama Claims against Great Britain after the Civil War. Bemis's early correspondence is mainly with his Harvard classmates Ebenezer R. Hoar and Frederick Eustis; with Harvard professors, including President Josiah Quincy; and with his siblings Seth, Jonathan W., and Sarah Bemis. Later correspondents include Charles Sumner, Charles F. Adams, William H. Seward, and F.W. Sargent. Other materials include 10 volumes of diaries Bemis kept from 1836 to 1865, a journal of a trip to Europe kept by Jonathan W. Bemis (1853-54), part of a bound draft and hand-corrected proof of George Bemis's Report of the Case of John W. Webster, and Bemis's will.

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SNAC Resource ID: 6904729

Massachusetts Historical Society

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