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MS Am 1556-1556.1 ‡MS Am 1556.1

Lawrence, Abbott, 1792-1855. Abbott Lawrence papers, 1849-1852: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 1556-1556.1 ‡MS Am 1556.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lawrence, Abbott, 1792-1855.
Title: Abbott Lawrence papers,
Date(s): 1849-1852.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (9 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Private letters and dispatches written and received by Massachusetts congressman Abbott Lawrence while he was serving as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the U.S. in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*58M-184. Gift of Mrs R. D. Fay, 177 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge 38, Massachusetts; received: 1959 March 2.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Abbott Lawrence Papers, 1849-1852 (MS Am 1556-1556.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence, a merchant, textile manufacturer, railroad promoter, Massachusetts congressman, and diplomat, was the U.S. minister to England (1849-1852).


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Scope and Contents

This collection centers on Lawrence's tenure as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the U.S. in London. It contains transcripts of official dispatches between Lawrence and Secretaries of State, John Middleton Clayton and Daniel Webster; Lawrence's private correspondence, also on matters of state; and invitations and cards he received while in England. Included (see index in each vol.) is much discussion of plans for a joint U.S.-British interoceanic canal through Central America. Also (in vol. 4) copies of speeches and letters, 1837-1842, on the protective tariff. .

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