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FRANKLIN B. SANBORN PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 George E.H. Abbot
February 20, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS with envelope to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot, dated 2/20/1853. Reference to the latter's objection to the exclusion of phrenology and mesmerism from traditional college curricula; theology; desire to read Emerson's essays.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 George E.H. Abbot
July 27, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/27/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to the works of A.J. Davis about spiritualism.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 George E.H. Abbot
December 15, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/15/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to A.J. Davis, theology, clairvoyants.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 George E.H. Abbot
March 23, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 3/23/1854) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to the "Harmonial Philosophy" of A.J. Davis; phrenology; spiritualism; and Emerson's views on these subjects.



Box: 1 Fold: 5 George E.H. Abbot
October 25, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/25/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to A.J. Davis, phrenology, spiritualism.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 George E.H. Abbot
December 11, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/11/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to Jacob Cram introducing Sanborn to A.J. Davis; psychokinesis/animal magnetism; lectures at the Lyceum in Exeter by Rev. Theodore Parker (1810-1860).

Box: 1 Fold: 7 George E.H. Abbot
August 20, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/20/18?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from George E.H. Abbot. Reference to views of A.J. Davis on the conventional belief in omnipotent God; and to desire to read Emerson.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Stephen Barker
February 8, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/8/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Stephen Barker. References include: a lecture by Anson Burlingame (1820-70) mentioning Ralph Waldo Emerson; the "vision" of "vigorous & honest hard working" Massachusetts governor Henry Joseph Gardner (1818-92); recent election to U.S. Senate of Henry Wilson (1812-1875), and of William Henry Seward (?)(1801-1872); philanthropists Amos Lawrence (1786-1852) and son Amos A. Lawrence (1814-1886) who advocated abolition in Kansas and who is mentioned as president of the "Emigrant Aid Company," an example of similar companies that "seem in a fair way to make Kansas free"; mutual friends Clarke, Starr King, Mr. Higginson, Moncure Conway, Theodore Parker and teacher George Whittemore; hearing lectures by "J.R.," G.W. Curtis (George William Curtis), and (presumably a performance) by Italian soprano Giulia Grisi (1811-1869) who visited the U.S. in 1854; missing lectures by Emerson; remarks on Emerson's "noble & powerful defence of the Higher (sp?) Law; brother's spinal illness; sister doing "nobly at Salem"; arrival of friends, the Harringtons, in Cambridge.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Stephen Barker
August 16, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated August 16, 18?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Stephen Barker. Reference to family, brother and sisters; to academic activities of mutual friends including Moncure Conway; and to reading Emerson and Alfred Tennyson.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Stephen Barker
August 22, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated August 22, 18?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Stephen Barker. Reference to being invited to preach sermons; friends Morton (Edwin Morton), Clarke; and reading plans during his summer vacation.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Stephen Barker
Postmarked August 23, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (postmarked 8/23/18?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Stephen Barker. Reference to personal difficulties with a university roommate, Clarke (first name not mentioned).

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Francis C. Barlow
September 14, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/14/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Harvard classmate Francis C. Barlow. Reference to the latter's studies in Greek, Latin, English Literature (mentioning an assignment to read Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"); and another mutual friend, Charles Russell Lowell.



Box: 1 Fold: 13 A.M. Bridge
October 15, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/15/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from friend and minister A.M. Bridge. Reference to Sanborn's studies and gives some "brotherly" advice on health.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 A.M. Bridge
December 8, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/8/1852) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.M. Bridge. Wishes Sanborn could join him at Christmas, and cautions him against the "heresies" of Parker (Theodore Parker?).

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Charles Carroll
November 18, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 11/18/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Harvard friend Charles Carroll. Reference to books borrowed from Sanborn, and invitation to join Carroll and some lady friends in a German class once a week. Mentions that one of the ladies, "Miss Abby May...is quite a zealous Parkerite*."

* Reference to Rev. Theodore Parker.

Box: 1 Fold: 16 William Ellery Channing
c.1877-78

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to poet William Ellery Channing (1818-1901), nephew of clergyman and abolitionist William Ellery Channing (1780-1842): ACS postcard from W. Harris (dated 12/4/1877); and ACS postcard from Harriet M. Irwin (postmarked 5/1/18?). Includes 2 empty envelopes addressed to Channing.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Addie W. Chessman
July 12, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/12/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Addie W. Chessman. Reference to returning a book that Sanborn had accidentally left behind during a visit; and to the recovery of some lost keys; and to Sanborn's being "called up" by Longfellow (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), then a professor at Harvard.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 A.K. Clark
August 3, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/3/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Reference to serious illness of Ariana Walker.

Box: 1 Fold: 19 A.K. Clark
September 28, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/8/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Reference to Sanborn's Harvard classmate Edwin Morton; death of Ariana Walker; and to Parker (Theodore Parker?).

Box: 1 Fold: 20 A.K. Clark
March 5, c.1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 3/5/1855?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Reference to inviting Sanborn and others to an evening gathering.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 A.K. Clark
August 7, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/7/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Reference to Sanborn's prospective visit and to visits from other friends including Mr. Bliss (Willard Bliss?), Miss Dennis, and Kitty Hodges.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 A.K. Clark
September 1, c.1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/1/1855?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. References include: invitation to Sanborn to visit; to Annie (Annie B. Clarke?); mentions sudden business trip to Buffalo by Mr. Clark who met Morton (Edwin Morton) on the train; sudden departure for California by A.K. Clark's chambermaid; further travels of Mr. Clark to Peterborough; travels of Ned to the White Mountains; compliments on Sanborn's being "so celebrated as to have (his) name mentioned in the papers so often"; death of Ariana Walker.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 A.K. Clark
June 7, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/6/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Written primarily to raise Sanborn's low spirits and to assure him of the love and support of his many good friends; exhorts him, therefore to make a long visit to herself and family in Cohasset. Mentions travels of Mr. Clarke and Annie (Annie B. Clarke) with Mrs. Hodges and daughter Kitty to "the convention at Chicago" and then to St. Louis. Reference also to Mr. Bliss (Willard Bliss?) and to Morton (Edwin Morton).

Box: 1 Fold: 24 A.K. Clark
August 13, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/13/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. References include: Bliss (Willard Bliss?); Morton (Edwin Morton?); illness and death of Miss Cram (Sarah T. Cram?); description of a recent violent thunderstorm.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 A.K. Clark
September 9, 1857

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/9/1857, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. References include: description of the celebration of her silver wedding anniversary; activities of Annie, George, Ned, and Lizzie; visit of a Miss Balch (sp?).

Box: 1 Fold: 26 A.K. Clark
undated

DESCRIPTION: ALS (undated) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. Response to an invitation from Sanborn.

Box: 1 Fold: 26.1 A.K. Clark
undated

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated "Friday Eve," with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark. References include: apologies for not providing more adequate transport for Sanborn after a recent visit and depositing him short of his destination. Includes unsigned notes from other members of the family.

Box: 1 Fold: 27 A.K. Clark & Annie B. Clarke
August 23, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/23/18?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from A.K. Clark with appended autograph note by daughter Annie B. Clarke. References include: advice that Sanborn take comfort in prayer during his current "trials" (referring to the illness of Ariana Walker); mentions also travels of Mr. Clark to Peterborough; extension of invitations to Mr. Bliss (Willard Bliss?) and Mr. Morton (Edwin Morton?) to spend the remainder of their summer vacations with the Clarke family.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Annie B. Clarke
September 9, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/9/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Annie B. Clarke. References include: departure of the Clarke family from Cohasset, their summer residence; illness of a Clarke cousin (name not mentioned); her disappointment at Sanborn's not accepting the offer from Mr. Cushing for the position of assistant principal and teacher at a school in Cohasset (see reference in Folder 1:32); the good progress of Sanborn's Concord school; receipt by Annie Clarke of a letter from Emerson; visits of various friends including Abby May and family, and Mr. Osgood.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Annie B. Clarke
December 27, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/27/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Annie B. Clarke. A discussion of her belief in the Bible as "something more than a book."

Box: 1 Fold: 30 F.W. Clarke
August 21, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/21/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from F.W. Clarke. References include: Clarke's prospective relocation to Massachusetts and his anticipation of seeing more of his friends Sanborn, Morton (Edwin Morton) and Bliss (Willard Bliss?); sentiments against President Franklin Pierce, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854), and slavery; reminiscences of rambles in the White Mountains.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 F.W. Clarke & Annie B. Clarke
September 9, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/9/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from F.W. Clarke. References include: preaching a sermon; Massachusetts governor Henry Joseph Gardner (1818-92); the progress of a magazine in which Clarke was collaborating (title not mentioned); the loss of a three year-old brother by William; sisters Lizzie and Annie attending the opera that night.

Includes pencilled note by Annie B. Clarke at the end of the letter.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 F.W. Clarke
August 30, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/30/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from F.W. Clarke. References include: interest of Mr. Cushing in offering to Sanborn the position of assistant principal and teacher of Latin, Greek, and English composition at a school in Cohasset.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 William J. Clarke
February 8, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/8/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. Reference to meeting Barker (Stephen Barker?) enroute to Exeter. Includes description of Cambridge on his return there.

Box: 1 Fold: 34 William J. Clarke
February 17, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/17/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. References include: the progress of friends Barker (Stephen Barker), Conway (Moncure Conway), Leiman (sp?), and Tibbits; studies in history; the "universal indignation" caused by Kansas-Nebraska Act and ensuing speeches about it by Mr. Parker (Theodore Parker) and Mr. Alcott (A. Bronson Alcott).

Box: 1 Fold: 35 William J. Clarke
December 15, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/15/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. References include: death of Mrs. William Hummwell (sp?) in childbirth; a poetry recitation on Thursday evening by Mr. Pierpont; inability to attend a lecture/sermon by Mr. Parker (Theodore Parker); invitation to become curator of the library of the Young Men's Christian Union; regrets that he missed seeing Barker (Stephen Barker) before leaving Cambridge.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 William J. Clarke
April 16 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/16/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. References include: Barker (Stephen Barker) whom he has not seen since the former left for New York; various employment prospects to head congregations in South Hingham and elsewhere.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 William J. Clarke & Thomas Wentworth Higginson
May 3-4, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 5/4/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. References include: Clarke's recent marriage.

Includes ALS (dated 5/3/1855) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 William J. Clarke
July 4, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated July 4, 18?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke. References include: Clarke's ordination; life in South Hingham; his wife Martha; seeing Barker (Stephen Barker); prospective visit to Concord; reading material including works by Margaret Fuller; King (Starr King?) who treated Clarke "very nobly - very handsomely"; envy because of Sanborn's "rich associations" with such men as Parker (Theodore Parker), Emerson, Channing (William Ellery Channing), and Alcott (A. Bronson Alcott).

Box: 1 Fold: 39 William J. Clarke, Jr.
May 7, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 5/7/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke, Jr. Note accompanying a gift of some volumes of Emerson, sent in gratitude for Sanborn's assistance.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 William J. Clarke, Jr.
September 19, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/19/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from William J. Clarke, Jr. Long letter of sympathy and condolence regarding the death of Ariana Walker.

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Moncure Conway
September 5, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/5/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from classmate Moncure Conway. References include: sympathy regarding death of Ariana Walker; incident relating to "Visitation Day"(?); Conway's own anti-slavery sentiments; receiving a letter from Parker (Theodore Parker).

Box: 1 Fold: 42 D.H. Coolidge
October 31, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/31/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from D.H. Coolidge forwarding enclosed poem by "Bettine" (Bettina von Arnim?).



Box: 1 Fold: 43 Catharine A. Cram
September 22, 1851

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/22/1851) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: his relationship with Ariana Walker.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Catharine A. Cram
November 11, c.1851

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 11/11/1851, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: visit of Mr. Willard for the winter; hearing (a sermon?) by Mr. Caldwell (Rev. Jacob Caldwell?); annual report by her Uncle Wood at Mr. Miles' church; illness of Anna (Ariana Walker); passing reference to politics.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Catharine A. Cram
December 26, 1851

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/26/1851, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: recent visit from Sanborn; news of Ariana Walker (whom she calls "Anna"); acquaintances Mr. Willard and Mr. Folsom; and her teaching (Catharine Cram apparently taught/helped run a school with Mr. Folsom whom she later married).

Box: 1 Fold: 46 Catharine A. Cram
January 11, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/11/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: prospective visit from Sanborn and his sister Helen Sanborn; receiving a letter from Sarah Cram.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Catharine A. Cram
Postmarked January 14, c.1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (postmarked 1/14/1852 , with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: letter from Ariana Walker proposing a visit; Sanborn's liking Mr. Hoyt (J.G. Hoyt with whom Sanborn studied privately for a time in Exeter).

Box: 1 Fold: 48 Catharine A. Cram
January 29, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/29/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: letter from Sanborn's sister Helen M. Sanborn; acquaintances the "unhappy" Mr. Willard and his "assailant" Mr. Folsom; various entertainments including sleigh rides, tea parties, sewing circles.

Box: 1 Fold: 49 Catharine A. Cram
February 15, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/15/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: her belief in "divine retribution"; beliefs of her acquaintance Mr. Willard "who expects to reform society - to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth by the external application of certain principles of political economy, instead of instituting reformation, regeneration, and repentance in the hearts of men..."; letter from Ariana Walker; friend Mr. Folsom; hearing from Louisa Shaw who had news of Henry; Sanborn's occasional visits to the Cram family.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Catharine A. Cram
April 18, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/18/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Catharine A. Cram. References include: Westford news with which her "time and thoughts are now almost constantly occupied; the progress of a school she was conducting with Mr. Folsom; engagements and marriages of friends including Esther and Lizzie Osgood; no news from Ariana Walker.

Enclosures include 2 autograph pieces of verse and autograph fragment of a letter (writer unidentified) primarily about Ariana Walker and her friend Ednah Littlehale.

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