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MS Am 1408

Parkman family, Edward Twisleton, and Sarah Wyman Whitman additional papers: Guide.

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Last update on 2015 December 16

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1408
Title: Parkman family, Edward Twisleton, and Sarah Wyman Whitman additional papers,
Date(s): 1763-1917 (inclusive) 1850-1907 (bulk).
Quantity: 3 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of the Parkman family of Boston, Mass. along with papers of Edward Twiselton, who was a distant Parkman family relation and letters to Sarah Wyman Whitman, a close friend of Frances Parkman.

Acquisition Information:

*42M-606. Deposited by the heirs of Mr. and Mrs . Henry Parkman; c/o William P. Homans, Cedar Lane Farm, Canton, Mass.; received: 1942.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Parkman Family, Edward Twisleton, and Sarah Wyman Whitman Additional Papers (MS Am 1408). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Henry Parkman (1850-1924) was a Boston lawyer and banker. In 1890, he married Frances Parker, of Newark, N.J. Edward Twisleton (1809-1874) was a British public official who served on several government commissions. Twisleton's wife Ellen was an aunt of Henry Parkman. Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) was a Boston artist and book designer. She was a close friend of Frances Parkman.


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Scope and Content

Although this collection contains some correspondence of Henry Parkman and letters to his wife Frances, the bulk of it consists of papers of Edward Twisleton and letters to Sarah Wyman Whitman. Many of the letters to Twisleton, including 51 letters from the handwriting expert Charles Chabot, concern his involvement in the controversy surrounding the identity of the author of the "Junius" letters. There are also 26 letters between Twisleton and Walter Savage Landor. Letters to Sarah Whitman are often of a social nature but some concern her art work. There are 30 letters to Whitman from Phillips Brooks. Additionally, there is a series of 19 letters from Henry Parkman to his mother and a group of letters to Frances Parkman from Sarah Orne Jewett.

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