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Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858. Ellis Gray Loring Family papers, 1824-1925: A Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-115
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858
Title: Ellis Gray Loring Family papers, 1824-1925
Date(s): 1824-1925
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English and German.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, etc., of Ellis Gray Loring, lawyer and abolitionist, from Boston, Massachusetts, and of family members.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 165, 420, 85-M152, 2015-M211
Acquired in July 1960 from Goodspeed's. in March 1961 from Paul Richards, and in December 2015 from Lorne Bair Rare Books. Accession number 85-M152, one photocopy of an inscription was made from a book in the Schlesinger Library, was added to the collection in July 1985. Accession number 2015-M211 was added to the collection in February 2016.

Processing Information:

Updated and additional materials added: February 2016
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers in the Ellis Gray Lorning Family papers is in the public domain.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Ellis Gray Loring Family papers, 1824-1925; item description, dates. A-115, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Ellis Gray Loring Papers, 1809-1942 (A-160.).


Ellis Gray Loring was the son of James Tyng Loring and Relief Faxon. In one place his birth is given as April 14, 1802 and in another place as April 14, 1803. His father was a member of the Boston Light Infantry. He was a druggist by trade.
The following quotation is from the Loring Genealogy:
"Ellis Gray Loring, born in Boston, April 14, 1803; married October 29, 1827, Louisa Gilman, daughter of Frederick Gilman and Abigail Gilman, born at Gloucester, January 1, 1797, died May 25, 1858.
He entered Harvard College in 1819 - but was not graduated, though a member of the Hasty Pudding Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The following extract from the College faculty explains this matter: 'June 27, 1824. Loring who left college in May, 1823, at a time a large part of the class was dismissed for resistance of college authority, applies for his degree. - Voted, that Loring's request be not granted, as the Govt. cannot make any distinction between his case and that portion of his class who were dismissed in May, 1823.'
He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1827. He was Counselor-at-law, master in chancery, and solicitor for the Western Railroad Company. Was one of the early 'abolitionists'. In 1836 he secured the release of the girl 'Med' who had escaped from slavery and was brought before the courts. Whittier wrote a poem about him, after his death, May 24, 1858.
Child: Anna, born November 10, 1830. To her Lydia Maria Child dedicated her book, Fact and Fiction. She married October 29, 1863, Otto Dresel, pianist and composer, b. at Geisenheim on the Rhine, December 22, 1826, died Beverly, July 26, 1890. She was Vice president of the Sanitary Commission of Boston during the Civil War, president of the Vincent Hospital. She died in 1896.
Children: (1) Louisa Loring Dresel, 1864-195-(2), Ellis Loring Dresel, 1865-1925, Harvard, A.B. 1887, Louisa Loring, born 1892, lawyer in Boston in the firm of Goodwin, Dresel, and Parker. Was attached to the United States Embassy in Berlin in 1915, was assigned to the Embassy at Vienna and later to the Legation at Berne. His most recent work has been with American prisoners of war."
For more information, see Loring Genealogy, Pope and Loring; Cambridge, 1917.


Loring papers consist of over 700 letters of three generations of family correspondence of Ellis Gray Loring, his wife Louisa Gilman Loring and their daughter Anna Loring; of Otto Dresel, his wife Anna Loring and their children Louise and Ellis, including a large body of Dresel family correspondence in German; of John Glen King and his children with the Lorings; of Lydia Maria Child with all the Lorings (over 150 letters); included is correspondence with friends in the anti-slavery movement, Boston society, literary figures and European musical personages. Also included are diaries and notebooks of Ells Gray Loring, many of which include reading notes and copies of poetry; notebooks of Louisa Gilman Loring, and Anna Loring Dresel containing reading notes, copies of poetry and letters; and scrapbooks assembled by Louise Loring Dresel during her trip to the United States, 1907-1908. Additional material received in 1985 (accession number 85-M152) was added to the collection in July 1985 and is found in #141. Additional material received in December 2015 (accession number 2015-M211) was added to the collection in February 2016 and is housed in #191-201v. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order.


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Additional Index Terms

Antislavery movements
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Family records
Germany--Social life and customs
New England--Description and travel
Voyages and travels
Women--Books and reading
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907
Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867
Cary, Emma, 1833-1918
Cary, Sarah Gray, 1830-1898
Chapman, Maria Weston, 1806-1885
Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Clarke, Sarah Freeman, 1808-1896
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887
Dresel, Anna Loring, 1830-1896
Dresel, Ellis Loring, 1865-1925
Dresel, Louisa Loring, 1864-1958
Dresel, Otto, 1826-1890
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Follen, Charles, 1796-1840
Follen, Eliza Lee Cabot, 1787-1860
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
Furness, William Henry, 1802-1896
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Gilman, Caroline Howard, 1794-1888
Grimké, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879
Hale, Edward Everett, Sr., 1822-1909
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
King, John Glen, 1787-1857
Loring family
Loring, Louisa Gilman, 1797-1868
Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876
Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860
Ripley, Ezra, 1751-1841
Quincy, Eliza S.
Quincy, Fanny
Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864
Quincy, Josiah Phillips, 1829-1910
Story, Joseph, 1779-1845
Story, William Wetmore, 1819-1895
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Webb, Charles Henry, 1834-1905