Course 25; 46:
Introduction to Electronic Texts
July 22-26; August 5-9, 1996
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Introduction to Electronic Texts, Summer 1996.
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SAMPLE: MSS 10496: Papers of the Healy Family
Letter from Elliot Muse Healy, 3 November 1859
version filtered on-the-fly to HTML
19th-Century American Literature: Manuscripts and Typescripts
Lydia Maria Child Collection.
1844 Apr 23: LMC to Dwight, 4pp. Prepared by James Nicholl, RBS 96
Letter, postmarked Boston, praises
Dwight's aesthetic acumen, and refers four times to the artistry of the
Norwegian classical violinist Ole Bull, comparing him to Shakespeare.
LMC goes on to comment on other contemporary events (a production of
the opera Il Puritani) and persons, including the French
violinist, Vieux Temps, as well as the Americans Parke Godwin and
ALS 1859 Jul 4: LMC to Higginson, 3pp. Prepared by
Daniel Kinney: RBS 96
Writes about personal matters, recent visitors, the local
Fourth of July celebration in Wayland and the need for the Southern States to
withdraw from the Republic in order for the celebration to have real meaning.
ALS 1868 Aug 14: LMC to Purvis, 3pp. Prepared by Susan Riggs: RBS 96
Child writes to Purvis thanking him for his letter concerning a
novel she has written. She has written it to
"undermind Prejudice." She sees a "salutary change" going on
and "another half century will see changes still more wonderful."
Compares situation with that of prejudice against Jews.
Concern about Democratic Party.
ALS n.d. LMC to Francis Locke re: pen and inkstand etc. 2pp.
Prepared by Melissa Kirsch, RBS 96
Letter concerning Child's upcoming voyage to England, in which she
presents Locke with a pen and inkstand as a "memento" from her cottage.
She sends her love to several of their acquaintances, and expresses certain
apprehensions concerning her voyage.
ALS n.d. LMC to Osgood, re: bloodthirsty populus etc 3pp.
Prepared by Michael Winship, RBS 96
A brief letter from Lydia Maria Child to Samuel Stillman Osgood,
a portrait painter, 1842, introducing an unidentified young painter.
In a postscript, Child deplores the recent conviction of Samuel Colt
for murder and blames the penny press for its sensationalism in the
case. Osgood was the husband of Frances Sargent Locke Osgood, poet and
friend of Edgar Allan Poe.
ALS 1878 Apr 23 LMC to Lucy Ann, 4pp. Prepared by Lois Black, RBS 96
On April 23, 1878, Lydia Maria Child wrote a letter to Lucy Ann,
her acquaintance of over sixty years. In it, she reminisces about her
past, and describes her recent travels to Wayland, and efforts to
keep busy with activities such as gardening.
[1861?] LMC, The Rebel Faulkner 2pp.
Prepared by Karen James, RBS 96
This manuscript tells of a Mr. Faulkner, now imprisoned for
opposing the U.S. by advocating slavery. To illustrate how far the
"rebel Faulkner" has "fallen", Child gives a long quotation of
Faulkner's speech to the Virginia legislature some years earlier, in
the winter of 1831-2, in which he condemns slavery and describes the
extremely adverse effects of the practice, notably in Virginia and
James Fenimore Cooper
AMS Preface to the Water Witch, 2pp.
Prepared by Abigail Leab, RBS 96
1840 printed review of Homeward Bound: "Fenimore Cooper's Libels on
America and Americans Prepared by Jerry Tarver: RBS 96 (page 1)
and Joan Gatewood: RBS 96 (page 3)
Article from an unidentified newspaper attacking Cooper for
his unfavorable picture of America and Americans in his work and claiming that
his legal action against newspapers represented a dangerous attack on a free press.
Preface and initial pages of Pathfinder. Prepared by
Michael Winship: RBS 96 (pages 1-3) and
Paula De Stefano: RBS 96 (page 4)
Charles Brockden Brown
1798 May 16, of E. Armitt
Prepared by Sally Roberts, RBS 96
Last will and testament of Elizabeth Armitt,
grandmother of Charles Brockden Brown, signed and witnessed.
(photo) 1801 Mar 9? notes on Jefferson and earthquake Prepared by
Kathy Spencer, RBS 96.
1805, Feb 20, re: improper conduct.
Prepared by Jill Rubenstein, RBS 96
The Society of Friends of Philadelphia unites in a testimony against
Charles Brockden Brown for marrying a woman not of their persuasion in a ceremony conducted
by "an hireling minister".
ALS 1806 Nov 21, to John Hall Prepared by Tom Krise, RBS 96.
AMs 1810 Feb, death notice Prepared by Betsy Brown, RBS 96.
Effusive prose about the character of Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810).
AMs 1824 April, poems "Muse" and "Lady" Prepared by
Sharla Richards, RBS 96
This document combines poetry and prose. An anonymous
writer transcribed two poems -- "Muse" and "Lady" -- and sent them
to another unknown individual with a short note at the end
providing some context to the
poems. The writer eludes that the two poems were written by
"Susan" and were placed
in a "handsome album."
n.d. invites Miss Linn for a ride.
Prepared by Sachie Noguchi, RBS 96
n.d. invites ladies to tea. Prepared by
Sachie Noguchi, RBS 96
19th-Century American History: Manuscripts and Typescripts
- Box 1, folder "1855-1949" Miscellaneous
"Half a hundred reasons why American people should favor coinage". Prepared
by Catherine Boyd, RBS 96
A pamphlet, written between 1893 and 1904, promoting free coinage and
bimetallism. The author is unknown, but the major portion of the document
is a list which was written by Eugene T. Brewster in a letter to the
- Papers of Gustavus Brown Alexander Box 5, "Slave Records" -
Charles Alexander to George H.
Robinson. November 27, 1867.
Prepared by Eric Ackermann, RBS 96.
Letter concerning the sale of corn by
Charles Alexander and three African-Americans (John
Mason, James Beverly, William Robertson) to George
Robinson, a corn merchant in Alexandria, Virginia. Includes
quantities of corn involved, shipping, and payment arrangements.
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands to Fanny
Grimes, March 2, 1871. Prepared by Cathy Edstrom, RBS 96
Letter written by 1st Lieut. Edward le Knowes
regarding the claims made by the sisters of Henry R. Brooks for his
"bounty." According to Henry R. Brooks' sisters, their mother and father were Fannie
Grimes' slaves. 1st Lieut Knowes is requesting Mrs. Grimes send a written
statement witnessing the fact that these are indeed Henry R. Brooks' sisters.
Broadside 1913 .A44
Louisiana Amendment the Same as Ours!"
Prepared by Irene Tichenor, RBS 96
This is a two-sided broadside published probably in late 1900 for
distribution in North Carolina where it supports the amendment of that state's
constitution to include a "grandfather clause"
(resulting in the denial of the franchise to
most African-Americans). The document is a testimonial about how
successful such an amendment had been in the State of Louisiana.
MSS 8975: Papers of John T. Blake