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Diaries kept by Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster of Charles River Village in Needham, and Marblehead, Mass., 1901-55. Diaries contain daily entries recording weather, health of family members, business (trusts and investment banking), social activities, travel to Cuba and Europe, yachting in Marblehead, polo in Dedham, Mass., billiards at the Union Club in Boston, musical interests, and work as board member of local institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital. Foster also describes his house in Needham (Castle Farm) and summer house in Marblehead (The Ship's Captain), which later became a hotel
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Letters between James Savage and Mary O. Lincoln, a family friend whom he called "Mother," from 1799-1806, including from Portland, Me. where he was studying law and from the West Indies where he travelled in 1805-06 on a scouting mission for his cousin Frederic Tudor's ice business. The letters primarily concern personal matters. Also includes misc. papers on the Otis family
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Letters of Boston lawyer William H. Gardiner to his daughter Mary Gardiner Davis and her husband William Nye Davis, giving detailed accounts of the Civil War from November 1862 to February 1863. Gardiner discussed various battles and campaigns, the politics of war, the Emancipation Proclamation, his distaste for abolitionists, the firing of Gen. George B. McClellan, and McClellan's visit to Massachusetts. Also, letters of Robert Davis describing New Orleans under the occupation of Gen. Benjamin Butler's forces, and other misc. family papers
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Contains a series of letters among James W. Paige (1792-1868), his wife Harriette Story White, his half-sister Grace Fletcher Webster, his brother-in-law statesman Daniel Webster, and other members of the Paige and Webster families. The letters relate primarily to family business but contain occasional references to Webster's activities and the contemporary political scene. Additional Webster materials include a copy of his will, descriptions of his illness and last days, and the results of a phrenological study on him. The papers also contain letters from James W. Paige, Jr., to his father James W., Sr. regarding his work as a relief agent with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War; letters from Harriette Paige to her husband written while traveling in England (1839); a few misc. papers of Abbott Lawrence; and bills of James W. Paige, Jr. incurred while travelling in Europe, 1884-86
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Two manuscript volumes related to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). The first is a "Geographical and Historical Account of the Sandwich Islands including the Isles of Owhihe" (Hawaii) by Samuel Greatheed, including descriptions of geography, discovery and exploration, and history of the islands. The second volume, "Voyages to the Hawaiian Islands prior to 1800," contains manuscript and typewritten copies of James Cook's "Voyage to the Pacific Ocean" (1784); James King's "Journal of the Transactions on returning to the Sandwich Islands" (volume 3 of Cook's "Voyage"); George Vancouver's "Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean" (1798); and other works on voyages to the Pacific coast of America and around the world. The works were transcribed and given a topical index by William T. Brigham and Acland Wansey in 1889
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Family correspondence, mostly letters of James J. Higginson to his parents George and Mary. He discussed his travels as a wine merchant in Great Britain and Germany, his Civil War service in the Sanitary Commission and later as First Lieutenant with the 1st Mass. Infantry, his experience as a prisoner at Libby Prison, and his service as Captain. His correspondence after the war concerned business matters and his work as a broker in government securities, stocks, and state and railroad bonds; the Boston fire of 1872; and the depression of 1873
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Research and personal papers of teacher and historian Mary Cochrane Rogers of Boston, Mass. Research papers include drafts of articles and books written about her great-great-grandfather, Robert Rogers of the Rogers' Rangers, and relative Rev. Arthur Browne, first Episcopal minister in New Hampshire, ca. 1900-1930; letters written by relatives regarding Rogers family genealogy, ca. 1900-1920; original documents used for research, such as Browne and Rogers family receipts, deeds, and correspondence, 1757-1804; seamen's articles for the schooner Mary Eliza, 1839; and photostats and transcripts of other documents used for research
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Letters of Eben Fiske, New Orleans merchant, while on voyages to New Orleans in 1815; correspondence and other papers of Eben W. Fiske, city librarian of Ishpeming, Mich., including Civil War letters to his family while serving as Capt. with the 13th Mass. Volunteer Infantry in Virginia; and pieces (1890-1903) composed by his wife, Zada Clair Fiske, on temperance and suffrage for the Women's Christian Temperance Union