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MS Am 1569.4-1569.6

Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke family papers, 1777-1914: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1569.4-1569.6
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888.
Title: James Freeman Clarke family papers,
Date(s): 1777-1914 (inclusive).
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of James Freeman Clarke's grandfathers, the Rev. James Freeman and the Revolutionary war general William Hull, both of Boston, Mass., and of his wife's family, the Huidekopers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

58M-226-228. Deposited by James Freeman Clarke; gift, 1956-1967.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Freeman Clarke Family Papers, 1777-1914 (MS Am 1569.4-1569.6). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the Transcendentalists. He was minister in Louisville, Ky. (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1854-1888).
In 1839 Clarke married Anna Huidekoper, daughter of Harm Jan Huidekoper, businessman, lay theologian, and founder of Meadville Theological Seminary.
Rev. James Freeman (1759-1835) of Boston, Mass. was James Freeman Clarke's step-grandfather. James Freeman Clarke's grandfather, William Hull (1753-1825), was a general in the American Revolution and governor of the Michigan Territory. He was court martialled for failing to invade Canada in the War of 1812, but his Revolutionary War record prevented his execution. Henry Dearborn, a general in the War of 1812, presided over Hull's trial.


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Scope and Contents

Huidekoper family papers are chiefly letters from Harm Jan Huidekoper to his children and letters to Anna Huidekoper Clarke from Huidekoper family members. There are also geneologies and descriptions of Meadville Theological Seminary, among other items.
James Freeman papers include his correspondence with Constant Freeman and others, sermons, papers relating to Kings Chapel in Boston, genealogies, and biographical sketches of James Freeman written by James Freeman Clarke.
William Hull papers contain his diaries and correspondence, letters to Henry Dearborn from various correspondents, and papers concerning Hull's trial and court martial. There are also writings about Hull by James Freeman Clarke and Maria Hull Campbell, as well as letters to Lillian Freeman Clarke from others.

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