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MS Am 1480

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Charles Sumner letters to Francis William Bird, 1847-1907: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1480
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
Title: Charles Sumner letters to Francis William Bird,
Date(s): 1847-1907.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters of the American abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner to the antislavery activist Francis William Bird.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

56M-165. Gift of Charles Sumner Bird,Endean, East Walpole, Mass.; received: 1957 February.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Sumner Letters to Francis William Bird, 1847-1907 (MS Am 1480). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sumner was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874) and noted abolitionist. Francis William Bird was a radical reformer and antislavery activist in Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

Includes 50 letters from Charles Sumner to Francis William Bird (including one dated the day before Sumner died) sent from Washington while serving as a Senator and while on two trips to Europe. The letters primarily concern the Whig party, the civil war, the rights of African Americans, and American politics. Several are marked "private" or "confidential". Other correspondence includes letters purporting to come from slaves in defense of slavery. Also includes statements about Sumner's marriage by Bird and funeral notice, program and newspapers clippings about Sumner, among other items.

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