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MS Am 576

Ebeling, Christophe Daniel,1741-1817. Christophe Daniel Ebeling letters to William Bentley and other letters, 1795-1817: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 576
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ebeling, Christophe Daniel,1741-1817.
Title: Christophe Daniel Ebeling letters to William Bentley and other letters
Date(s): 1795-1817
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Letters from German librarian and professor, Christophe Daniel Ebeling, to American minister and scholar, William Bentley, with a few letters to Ebeling from others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of William B. Fowle of Boston (nephew of William Bentley); received: 1844 July 3.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

Restricted because of fragility. Permission of curator required.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Christophe Daniel Ebeling Letters to William Bentley and Other Letters, 1795-1817 (MS Am 576). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Christophe Daniel Ebeling (1741-1817) was librarian of the Stadtsbibliothek and professor at the University of Hamburg. Part of his personal collection of Americana was bought by Israel Thorndike and presented to Harvard College in 1818. William Bentley (1759-1819) was an American Unitarian minister, scholar, columnist, and diarist. He received an AB from Harvard College in 1777. Bentley amassed a library of over 4,000 volumes, one of the largest private libraries in America at the time.


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Scope and Contents

42 autograph manuscript letters, in English, (signed by Ebeling) to William Bentley; also with 3 letters to Ebeling from Nathaniel Silsbee, Van Staphorst & Co., and John Robison. The letters concern the exchange between Ebeling (in Hamburg, Germany) and Bentley (in Salem, Massachusetts) of parcels containing books, newspapers, and manuscripts. The letters to Ebeling concern Silsbee, Robison, and Van Staphorts & Co. couriering or shipping books to or from Bentley.
The letters have been disbound and the boards from the bound volume and the 1844 donor letter are housed at the end of the collection.

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