Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge records II, 1830-1843.


Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge records II, 1830-1843.


Treasurer's reports, various committee reports, and letters to the Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The letters are mostly replies to invitations to deliver lectures before the Society. The respondents include Charles Pelham Curtis, Charles Wentworth Upham, Benjamin Apthorp Gould, Horace Mann, Jacob Bigelow, Edward Tyrrel Channing, Jared Sparks, Abbott Lawrence, Convers Francis, Orville Dewey, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Samuel A. Eliot, and E.S. Dixwell. Also included are letters to the Society's treasurer, Henry F. Baker.

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