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HUD 815.69

Pearson, Henry B. (Henry Bromfield). Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents, 1815-1816 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 815.69
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Pearson, Henry B. (Henry Bromfield)
Creator: Pearson, Eliphalet, 1752-1826
Title: Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents
Date(s): 1815-1816
Quantity: 0.22 cubic feet (1 legal half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867), a lawyer who practiced in Philadelphia and Boston, was the son of Eliphalet Pearson, Harvard's second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 to 1806, the College's interim President from 1804 to 1806, and a member of the Harvard Corporation. After beginning his studies at Yale College as a member of the Class of 1815, Pearson entered Harvard College as a senior in 1815 and graduated with an A.B in 1816. All letters in this collection were written to his parents, especially to his father, Eliphalet Pearson, while a student at Harvard.

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The Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents was processed in July 2017 by Hyunjin Cho. Processing included rehousing materials in appropriate archival containers and the creation of this finding aid. Titles were supplied by the archivist.

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Pearson, Henry B. (Henry Bromfield), Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents, 1815-1816, HUD 815.69, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical note

Henry Bromfield Pearson (1795-1867), a lawyer in Philadelphia and Boston, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1795. He was the son of Eliphalet Pearson, who was Harvard's second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 to 1806, the College's interim President from 1804 to 1806, and a member of the Harvard Corporation; and Sarah Pearson. Pearson entered Yale College as a member of the class of 1815, but left without receiving a degree. After examiniation by the Harvard faculty in the Fall of 1815, Pearson then entered Harvard College as a senior, and graduated with an A.B in 1816. While at Harvard, Pearson served as the collector of the astronomy theses, and received a Bowdoin prize for this dissertation on the Iliad. After Harvard, Pearson practiced law in Philadelphia and Boston. Pearson married Elizabeth, daughter of William McFarland, in December 1840.

Scope and Contents

The Henry Bromfield Pearson letters to his parents consist of correspondence dating from 1815 to 1816, written by Pearson to his parents, and primarily to his father, Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826). An interesting exchange of letters between Henry and his father Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826) deals with Henry's student days at Harvard. Many issues that Pearson experienced are similar to the issues of today`s students, including personal finances and anxieties of student life. Of particular interest in this collection is Pearson`s admission and transition to Harvard after studying for two years at Yale College. Pearson writes his father about receiving his "admittatur," from Latin meaning "be admitted," which was signed by Harvard President John Thornton Kirkland.

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Correspondence.
Universities and colleges -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts
Pearson, Henry B. (Henry Bromfield)
Harvard University -- Regulations
Harvard University -- Admission
Harvard University -- Entrance requirements
Pearson, Eliphalet, 1752-1826
Harvard University -- Students -- Clothing
Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1816
Harvard College (1780- ) -- Administration -- History
Harvard University -- Student life

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