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Call No.: 81-M269--82-M14
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Elizabeth Roger Mason Cabot, 1834-1920
Title: Diaries of Elizabeth Roger Mason Cabot, 1859-1906
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries and transcripts of Elizabeth Roger Mason Cabot, member of a prominent Boston family.
Elizabeth Rogers (Mason) Cabot was born in Boston on May 25, 1834, the daughter of William Powell and Hannah (Rogers) Mason. The Masons were members of prominent Boston families. William Powell Mason had followed his father (Johnathan Mason) into a career of law and politics; her mother was a descendant of John Rogers (1630-1684), president of Harvard College, and of Governor Thomas Dudley.In 1859, Cabot became engaged to Walter Channing Cabot (1829-1904), son of Samuel and Eliza (Perkins) Cabot; they were married on June 5, 1860. During the next twelve years, Cabot gave birth to five children, all of whom survived to adulthood. Her health was poor (she took six months to a year to recover after each pregnancy) and, as a result, she was often advised to travel. She had traveled extensively in Europe prior to her marriage and spent eighteen months there after the birth of her second child, her third child being born in Paris. When not traveling abroad, she and Walter Cabot took annual trips to New York or Washington, D.C.Throughout her life, Cabot was concerned primarily with the well-being of her own family and secondarily with that of the Cabot and Mason families in general. She was in touch with all her husband's siblings and was particularly close to her sister-in-law "Lizzie," Elizabeth (Dwight) Cabot. Cabot died at her home in Brookline on December 12, 1920.
This collection consists of five of Elizabeth Roger Mason Cabot's diaries, from the years 1859-1906 (#1v-5v), a one-volume transcript of those diaries (6v), and a volume (7v) of transcripts of diaries (1861-1967) not included in the collection. There are a few entries in 1v for the years 1861-1967, but they are incomplete; daily entries for those years can be found in 7v. The donor had the transcripts made in 1982 and chose to retain the original diaries for 1861-1967.The diaries detail Cabot's life from the time of her engagement (1859) until 1906. The entries focus on daily life: her own and her family's health, calls made to and received from family and friends, and the annual stay at the Cabot family summer home. The diaries also contain accounts of travel in Europe and on the east coast. Ellery Sedgwick, who married her daughter Mabel in 1904, is discussed in 4v and 5v.