Letters, 1863-1865.


Emerson, Ellen Tucker. Letters, 1863-1865.

Letters, 1863-1865.

This collection contains one hundred letters all written by Ellen Tucker Emerson to family and friends. The majority of the letters (45) were written to her sister Edith (1841-1928), who spent twelve months in New York undergoing the water-cure. Eleven letters were written to her brother Edward (1844-1930), who was often away at Harvard College, twelve to her cousin John Haven Emerson (1840- ), and seven to her father. The remainder were to friends and other relatives. Most of the letters were written from Concord, Mass., and in lively prose detail Ellen's life in the Emerson household and in the wider Concord community. The family was firmly based in Concord from which town Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled widely lecturing and Ellen made occasional visits to friends and relatives in Boston, Canton, Naushon, and Plymouth, Mass., and Newport, R.I. Ellen writes of: her visits to "Aunt Ripley" [Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley (1793-1867)] at the Manse where Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Sanborn are boarding for part of 1864; her Dante studies with "Aunt Lizzie" [Elizabeth Hoar (1814-1878)]; and her labors with Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne (1809-1871), Una Hawthorne (1844-1877), and Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934) in behalf of "Mrs. Mann's fair". She describes skating on Walden Pond [14 January 1863], visiting Edward's newly decorated room at Harvard [6 January 1863], attending Anna Ward's wedding at the Catholic Chapel [30 January 1863], listening to Mr. Alcott and her mother discuss education [8 January 1864], and monitoring the behavior of her "daughter", Edith Davidson, her ward for several years. The Civil War, the ever-present background, was for Ellen a spur to patriotic action. She attends the Soldier's Aid sewing circle and works on fundraising fairs and balls. Emotionally she was most concerned with the well-being of her cousin Charles Emerson (1841- ) who served on the staff of General Nathaniel Banks. William "Wilky" James (1842-1910), a friend of her brother's and a frequent visitor, was wounded during the attack of the Mass. 54th on battery Wagner. She was particularly distressed by the deaths of Col. Charles Russell Lowell (1835-1864) and Concord's own hometown hero, Col. George Lincoln Prescott (1829-1864), whose funeral she describes at length [1 September 1864]. In her 3 November 1864 letter to her friend Addy [Manning?] she betrays her mixed feelings about the war: Oh, what a blessing it is to live during this war, to know all the high heats of patriotism, all the glory of the soldier's character...I think that all this new, heavenly atmosphere came from the war, and pity a people who live in peace. But I want the war to end soon nevertheless, of course[.]. These letters are an important addition to the two volume Letters of Ellen Tucker Emerson, edited by Edith E. W. Gregg (Kent State University Press, 1982), filling gaps in 1863, 1864, and January of 1865. It seems probable that the pencil markings on the letters--"go on" and "omit" were made by Ellen's nephew, Edward Waldo Forbes (1873-1969). According to Edith Gregg, he marked up transcripts for possible publication but in this case it must have been the originals which were not available to her.

1 box (100 letters)

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Relation of Alexander Forbes (1882-1965). From the description of Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1959. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 176629718 Forbes graduated from Harvard in 1895. From the description of Notes in Zoology 1, 1893. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073959 From the description of Notes and midyear thesis in Philosophy 9, 1894-1895. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77074017 From t...

Ripley, Sarah Alden, 1793-1867

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Lowell, Charles Russell, 1835-1864

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Harvard College (1780- )

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Special students were those who took courses in Harvard College but were not degree candidates; they had not gone through the standard admissions process completed by AB degree candidates. From the description of Records of special students, 1876-1907. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77064523 It is unclear whether F.C. Fabel ever attended Harvard College. F.C. Fabel may be Frederick Charles Fabel, who received an AB from the University of Rochester in 1893. ...

Hawthorne, Una, 1844-1877

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Ward, Anna Lydia, 1850?-

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Emerson, Ellen Tucker.

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Emerson, John Haven, b. 1840.

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Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809?-1871

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Wife of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Ellen Sturgis Hooper, 1843 Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870979 Sophia Hawthorne Peabody was a painter and illustrator as well as the wife of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. She also published her journals and various articles. From the description of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne letters, 1827, 1868. (Middlebury College). WorldCat record id: 654...

Prescott, George L. (George Lincoln), 1829-1864

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882

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Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934

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Davidson, Edith B.

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Emerson family.

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Hoar, Elizabeth

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