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Box: 2 Fold: 75 Susie Leavitt
March 24, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 3/24/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, with news of Ariana Walker. Reference also to the gift of a mahogany writing desk from Charley, whose health has improved. Other news includes Mrs. Chessman and family who "intend to leave the city in April and live at Jamaica Plains (where) they have taken a house"; Lucy who "succeeds admirably in her school and promises to make an excellent teacher"; and Theresa whose husband and George will go to California: "I am sorry George is going for I have not a very exalted idea of California and do not wish any of my friends to go there..."

Box: 2 Fold: 76 Susie Leavitt
May 12, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 5/12/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt. Reference to Ariana Walker; Sanborn's plans to enter college; and death of her grandfather.

Also describes the arrival of Louis Kossuth to Boston: "...Kossuth is here. I thought it doubtful if he came but he was invited. I wish you could have seen him. I know you desired to very much...I saw him the first day he arrived in the city; he was escorted through a number of the streets by the military and city authorities; he stood up in the barouche and bowed right and left, sometimes touching his hat and again taking it from his head. He wore a velvet coat with a gilt belt and sword attached; also a "Kossuth hat"; he is quite small and much younger than I imagined he was; but he possesses an intellectual head and such an eye I never saw. He visited the Hancock school and I was present. I wanted to hear him speak but he was unwell and did not reply audibly to the speeches addressed to him. I caught a few words he said; he had a foreign accent and it requires close attention to understand him; he appeared in a citizen's dress; was accompanied by the mayor and his Hungarian associate Pulszyky. When he left the building I was so near that I could have touched him and I had a strong inclination to do so - but thinking it rather foolish I restrained my desire to lay hand on him. I shall not probably see him again as he is continually going from one place to another..."

Box: 2 Fold: 77 Susie Leavitt
July 6, 1852

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/6/1852, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, expressing concern that she has not heard from Ariana Walker since her last visit to Boston. Reference to visit from Sanborn's friend Henry Shaw: "...I was much entertained by him; think him a quaint genius; his general appearance does not indicate his depth of mind or intellect; we talked long and much of you; and spoke of Anna (Ariana Walker) with regard to her style of writing; so peculiar; he thinks it resembles Mr. Emerson's..."

Also describes a recent visit to New York with Charley and some neighbors, stopping at the West Point military academy and visiting Fort Putnam and sailing up the Hudson River to Albany. She also traveled to New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Box: 2 Fold: 78 Susie Leavitt
July 29, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/29/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, expressing relief that Ariana Walker has decided against a trip to the White Mountains as it would not be beneficial to her health. Reference compliments paid to Susie Leavitt from Mr. Walker and various pieces of news about her family.

Box: 2 Fold: 79 Susie Leavitt
August 26, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/26/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie* Leavitt. Reference to serious illness of Ariana Walker who seems no better. News of Boston during the end of summer: "...a great many strangers visited the city: principally from the west to escape the terrible epidemic that rages there. And some on their way to visit the Crystal Palace. It is stated that the hotels are (crowded) with the numerous quantity of people staying and arriving every day. The Metropolitan Railroad is the prevailing topic of the day, as you probably will learn from the papers..."

* Note: Susie Leavitt spells her own name variously as "Susie" or "Susy."

Box: 2 Fold: 80 Susie Leavitt
September 13, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/13/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt. Reference to a recent illness; her father's trip to Exeter; and to her continued concern for the well-being of Ariana Walker.

Box: 2 Fold: 81 Susie Leavitt
August 21, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/21/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, expressing deep sorrow at the news that Ariana Walker is dying.

Box: 2 Fold: 82 Susie Leavitt
September 1, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/1/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, responding to news that Sanborn and Ariana Walker are now husband and wife; and referring to the kind words of Mr. Bridge, minister (at Hampton Falls?), about Ariana Walker.

Box: 2 Fold: 83 Susie Leavitt
January 6, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/6/1855 with continuation on 1/7/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt. Writing from Framingham where she is at school(?), Leavitt describes her life, homesickness, and journal keeping.

Box: 2 Fold: 84 Susie Leavitt
February 6, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/6/1855 with continuation on 2/7/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt. Reference to Ariana Walker: "...This morning Louy brought me a daguerreotype of sweet Anna; it was presented to her and Caddie by Helen Morton, taken from one in Helen's possession..."

Also gives her opinion of Miss Hall whom she considers "quite attractive...and seemingly prettier than her sister Frannie..."

Includes remarks on lectures she has attended: "...Monday evening your brother Charles (Charles Sanborn) accompanied Emmy and me to the last Mercantile lecture: delivered by my favorite Mr. Geo. W. Curtis (George W. Curtis); his subject, "Success," which was well treated and interesting. A poem by Chas. Congdon (Charles T. Congdon (1821-1891) journalist, author and poet), editor of the Atlas (in Boston, 1854-57) was read by himself, after Mr. Curtis' lecture: to me it was particularly flat and commonplace, rendered more so by contrast. Mr. J.R. Lowell (James R. Lowell (1819-1891) author and educator) becomes more and more interesting, as he proceeds in his course of lectures, and in his comparison with Dr. Holmes (Oliver Wendell Holmes*), has the preference; he shows the deeper student of the two."

* Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), physician, poet and educator, who was also a member of the Saturday Club which included James Russell Lowell, Louis Agassiz, William Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others). At the time of this letter, Holmes was teaching at the Harvard Medical School.

Box: 2 Fold: 85 Susie Leavitt
February 23, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/23/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt. News of a prospective residence move: "...we shall move as soon as we can purchase a house. Father has been inquiring about dwellings for three weeks; he has quite a mania at the present time...Father has procured Mr. A. Hall's assistance, a broker - Miss Hall's father..." (See reference to Miss Hall in Folder 2:84.)

Includes news of the Cram sisters: "...I received a letter from Sarah C. (Sarah Cram) this week. She speaks of your having left H.F. (Hampton Falls) with regret. I wish a little different life for her if it was possible and right. Do you know that we are friends, Frank, and through Anna's (Ariana Walker) love?...She will miss Cate (Catharine Cram) very much in her absence..."

Reference also to visit of Charles Sumner to Susie Leavitt's father, the former, in town for the celebration of Washington's birthday, was a friend of both the Leavitt and Sanborn families. Also appearing for the occasion: "...Samuel Houston (1793-1863, Texas senator and later governor) and others were expected to speak...Father and I shall hear Mr. Houston this eve. at the Tremont Temple: he lectures on Texas. Mr. Lowell's (James Russell Lowell) course finished last Saturday: I regretted the completion they were so interesting. I presume you have heard of his appointment to Mr. Longfellow's (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) situation..."

Reference also to hearing a lecture by George W. Curtis, who will also "...lecture before the Lyceum. He delivered his lecture before the East Boston Library and received high encomiums for the production..."

Box: 2 Fold: 86 Susie Leavitt
May 8, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 5/8/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Susie Leavitt, thanking Sanborn for sending "roots" for planting in the garden of her new home. Other news includes ill health of Louy as reported by Aunt Eliza; and receipt from Sanborn of a miniature of Ariana Walker.

Box: 2 Fold: 87 Martha H. Le Baron
Postmarked August 28, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (undated, with envelope postmarked 8/28/1854?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron. A greeting to both Sanborn and Ariana Walker (includes separate note to Walker in same letter); and expressing sorrow at the latter's illness.

Box: 2 Fold: 88 Martha H. Le Baron
October 18, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/18/1854, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, requesting that Sanborn forward old letters she had written to Ariana Walker, as well as "some token of remembrance from her." Concludes: "...I wish I could talk to you of Anna - but I cannot. As the weeks go by I miss her more & more, & the yearning for her ready, loving sympathy grows stronger constantly - I think she was more to me than any other person ever was - & I can judge by that what she was & is to you..."

Box: 2 Fold: 89 Martha H. Le Baron
November 1, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 11/1/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron. Inviting Sanborn to see her when he is next in Worcester, Mass.: "...You would then see Mr. Higginson (Thomas Wentworth Higginson?)..."

Box: 2 Fold: 90 Martha H. Le Baron
December 20, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/20/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, informing Sanborn of her prospective visit to Boston and desire to meet with him there. Also: "...how very much I like your poem on John Huss. It was more to me than any poem I have seen for a great while - & I want to tell you so & thank you for it - I am heartily interested in the Harvard magazine & hope it may be very successful."

Box: 3 Fold: 1 Martha H. Le Baron
April 6, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/6/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron. Reference to Sanborn's life after graduation: "...I think the life you will lead out of school in Concord will be very charming - To go freely to Mr. Emerson's (Ralph Waldo Emerson) home & to meet & talk familiarly with him seems to us outsiders a rare blessing."

Returns a transcription of a poem by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (included in this folder), entitled, "The Consoler": "...I like the idea of it, & some of the lines are beautiful, but his poetry is too hard. I would rather read his prose. There is more music in his thoughts than in his words I think. Will you tell me what word is the beginning of the seventh line in the first verse. It looks like furls but I do not like that expression & can not think he has used it. Do not forget to tell me, for I really want to know & have left a blank space in my copy of the poem, waiting for your answer..."

Box: 3 Fold: 2 Martha H. Le Baron
Postmarked April 26, c.1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (undated, with envelope postmarked 4/26/1855?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, expressing pleasure at his acceptance to an invitation to visit.

Box: 3 Fold: 3 Martha H. Le Baron
September 25, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/25/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, relating news of her summer in Lowell, Chelmsford, Yarmouth, Nantucket, "...and a day or two at queer Scasconset(?). The ocean view there is glorious, the bathing just dangerous enough to be very exciting & the village itself the oldest little group of the oldest little houses imaginable. I was constantly reminded of Christie Johnston's home, but I looked in vain for "La belle Christie" herself..."

Reference also to enjoying a holiday in the company of "Mr. Higginson" (Thomas Wentworth Higginson?) who was "...the king of the party - I never knew him so charming - I forgot that he was ever arrogant & stern, for there only the sweetest side of his character was seen. We all learned to love him very much - indeed the long, grave talks that alternated with the fun & playfulness bound us all very closely together & the journey was as rich in gifts of men & women as it was in woods & mountains..."

Expresses grief at the news of the death of Mr. Simmons; and concern for Mr. Higginson who, on his return home, "looks pale & worn." Reference also to Mr. Wasson (David Atwood Wasson*, 1823-87).

Reference also to upcoming events in Worcester, Mass.: "...Today the Anti-slavery Fair opens & that we girls enjoy greatly. We all stay at the Hall thro' the week, & have the pleasantest days together, seeing every body & trying to sell every thing. Then comes Cattle Show & the Annual Horticultural Exhibition, & supper & then the Supreme Court will be in session here, & that brings us visitors & gayety. Soon the maples will be red & the flags floating in the street for the Election ...Weren't you glad of the result of the Convention here? It is the only political convention that has excited me at all for a great while, but I should really have liked to toss up my hat & give three cheers for Rockwell (Julius Rockwell (1805-1888), Massachusetts senator and Republican presidential elector, 1856)..."

Closes letter with mention of hearing of the engagement of Edwin Morton, and apology for being unable to attend Sanborn's commencement ceremony at Harvard College.

* The writings of David Atwood Wasson are collected in "Beyond Concord: Selected Writings of David Atwood Wasson," edited with an introduction by Charles H. Foster (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1965).

Box: 3 Fold: 4 Martha H. Le Baron
November 15, c.1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 11/15/1855?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron. Attempts to entice Sanborn for a visit to Worcester: "...Have you ever met Mr. Wasson (David A. Wasson)? He is a very fresh, original, charming person, & his sermons are remarkable - He is to preach next Sunday for Mr. Parker (Theodore Parker) - perhaps you will see him - & perhaps after you have seen him you will be willing to pass Sunday here..."

Box: 3 Fold: 5 Martha H. Le Baron
December 19, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/19/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, expressing hope that Sanborn will pay a visit, "...I am sure that Mr. Wasson will repay you for coming."

Box: 3 Fold: 6 Martha H. Le Baron
July 26, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/26/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha H. Le Baron, forwarding a copy of her favorite poem, "The House of Clay."

Reference to paintings by Winckworth Allan Gay (1821-1910): "...have (you) noticed at the Athenaeum three little Beach views by W.A. Gay. They are exquisite; his painting of wet sand & shallow waves seems to me wonderful, & done from the truest love for & appreciation of that which he paints. I would rather own his little quiet, cool pictures than almost any thing else at the exhibition..."

Also mentions landscape painter Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900): "...Church's new Autumn picture is magnificent - criticized I believe for its harshness - but I do not think it deserves the criticism, tho' I know very little about painting..."

Reference to Rev. N.L. Frothingham who "persists in offending his people by Anti-Slavery sermons - & that is good in him..."

Box: 3 Fold: 7 Martha H. Le Baron
August 31, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/31/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha Le Baron. Reference to Sanborn's return from Kansas, probably on business for the Massachusetts Kansas Committee advocating abolition of slavery: "...It seems to me that affairs grow worse & worse...The intelligence from Mr. Sumner* (Charles Sumner) is certainly very sad & his recovery very doubtful; & I do not see how the struggle at Washington is to end. However we will not lose one bit of our faith in the final triumph of Freedom tho' slavery & Wrong may conquer in this battle. We will still believe in a possible Republic..."

On the subject of freedom for Kansas she later adds: "...I want if I can to do something for Kansas. Tell me please if the people there need clothes or anything else which women can do for them..."

Reference also to Ralph Waldo Emerson: "...I no longer need a volume of Emerson's poems - I have made one - have copied all of them & really enjoyed doing it. Speaking of Emerson reminds me of Mr. Conway (Martin Conway or Moncure Conway?). He preached here last Sunday, & I liked him more than I can say. His sermons were earnest & powerful & I have seldom heard anything better to me than his talking. His enthusiasm for Emerson is beautiful..."

* Reference to assault on Charles Sumner by Representative Preston S. Brooks on May 22, 1856, for his speech, "The Crime Against Kansas," which criticized Brooks' uncle Andrew P. Butler. The beating was so severe that Sumner was unable to return to his Senate seat for three years.

Box: 3 Fold: 8 Martha H. Le Baron
August 2, 1861

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/2/1861, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha Le Baron. Recommending Dr. Roger's "water cure institution" for Sanborn's sister: "...Jane Andrews was there a long while; & Mr. Wasson (David A. Wasson?) is to pass the winter there..."

Box: 3 Fold: 9 Martha H. Le Baron
August 25, 1861

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/25/1861, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Martha Le Baron. More information on Dr. Rogers and the "water-cure establishment."

Box: 3 Fold: 10 Alice N. Lincoln to Mrs. Sanborn
February 24, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/24/18?, with envelope) to Mrs. Sanborn (Lydia Leavitt Sanborn?) from Alice N. Lincoln. Condolences on death of Aaron Sanborn (?), the former's husband and father of Franklin B. Sanborn.

Box: 3 Fold: 11 Helen P. Littlehale
December 11, c.1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/11/1854?, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Helen P. Littlehale. Requesting that Sanborn kindly forward a note from her to Mr. Bliss (note not included).

Box: 3 Fold: 12 M.F. Littlehale
Postmarked June 21, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (with envelope postmarked 6/21/18?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from M.F. Littlehale. Note regarding acceptance on behalf of Miss Helen to an invitation from Sanborn.

Box: 3 Fold: 13 M.F. Littlehale
Postmarked December 1, 18?

DESCRIPTION: ALS (with envelope dated 12/1/18?) to Franklin B. Sanborn from M.F. Littlehale. Invitation to Sanborn to a gathering to include Mr. & Mrs. Cheney (Seth W. Cheney and Ednah Littlehale?), as well as Mr. Morton (Edwin Morton?).

Box: 3 Fold: 14 Sarah P. Loring
January 19, 1858

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/19/1858, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Sarah P. Loring, thanking Sanborn for recommending her as a teacher.

Box: 3 Fold: 15 Anna C. Lowell
Undated

DESCRIPTION: ALS (undated , with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Anna C. Lowell, inviting Sanborn to a play to be performed at her house the following evening.

Box: 3 Fold: 16 Benjamin S. Lyman
August 24, 1853

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/24/1853, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Reference to rooming arrangements. Also regarding meeting Ralph Waldo Emerson: "...I feel much obliged to you for your invitation to go to Mr. Emerson's; but probably failing to appreciate properly the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the great man, I beg leave to decline your offer...Possibly however, when the time comes, I shall feel inclined to accompany you to Concord to see a great many things I never yet saw. I have never yet read any of Mr. Emerson's works & naturally feel less interest in seeing him than you who have both read & admired him..."

Box: 3 Fold: 17 Benjamin S. Lyman
February 22, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/22/1854, with envelope) to Franklin S. Sanborn from Harvard classmate Benjamin S. Lyman, expressing disappointment at Sanborn's being unable to give a lecture in Northampton. Describes a trip to New York and his current reading which includes Shakespeare.

Box: 3 Fold: 18 Benjamin S. Lyman
September 15, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/15/1854, with envelope) to Franklin S. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, enclosing an ANS from Edwin Morton. Includes some college news.

Box: 3 Fold: 19 Benjamin S. Lyman
October 2, 1854

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/2/1854, with envelope) to Franklin S. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman relaying academic news including the controversy over hazing of freshmen at Harvard College. Mentions visit of Bliss (Willard Bliss, another Harvard classmate).

Box: 3 Fold: 20 Benjamin S. Lyman
January 1, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/1/1855, with envelope) to Franklin S. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Enclosing a letter from Healey (not included), as well as other notes addressed to Sanborn (not included). Reference to terminal illness of Mr. Walker; and New Year's celebrations at Harvard.

Box: 3 Fold: 21 Benjamin S. Lyman
April 15, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/15/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, thanking Sanborn for an invitation to visit in Concord. Reference to classmates Bliss (Willard Bliss?), Barker (Stephen Barker?) and Clark (?).

Box: 3 Fold: 22 Benjamin S. Lyman
April 17, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/17/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Note to accompany the forwarding of a package to Sanborn.

Box: 3 Fold: 23 Benjamin S. Lyman
May 18, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 5/18/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, writing to postpone a visit to Concord until a later date "...then I can see you in all your glory as school-master..." Reference to friend Tibbets whose company he enjoys while dining at Mrs. Harlow's.

Box: 3 Fold: 24 Benjamin S. Lyman
July 24, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 7/24/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Reference to packing up at the end of the academic year: "...I disposed of all my goods except the shoebrush, which you may have, if you think it worth carrying to Concord; and the oil jug, which may go to the devil to help feed his fires for ought I care..."

Box: 3 Fold: 25 Benjamin S. Lyman
August 30, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 8/30/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman writing in regard to their friendship: "...the only shadow of regret at our chumming together that has ever for a moment crossed my mind has arisen from my admiration for you and the suspicion that by imitation or by the fear of imitation, I might have lost some independence of character. But my admiration is still as great as on the day when, after many delays, I came to the point of asking to room with you..."

Also recounts his thoughts on professional prospects: "...I have given the whole matter of a choice of a profession a reconsideration...I have sworn a solemn oath...never to take for any support another dollar from the folks at home, even to save me from starving..."

Mentions consideration of various occupations including becoming a merchant "...for in my boyish conceit I fancied that with sufficient determination I might gain a living, though not of the most luxurious kind, in spite of having to work all the daytime for a salary of fifty dollars a year...However, I considered again whether I was particularly well fitted to be a merchant and whether with better health & better habits I might not become a scholar worthy of a name, a thing I despaired of. A strong constitution would be of great service too, to me as a merchant. So I resolved to spend the next year either in engineering or on a farm...But my hopes of becoming a scholar, and that probably a scientific one...has made me think that a good chance to gain a knowledge of geology and mineralogy should not be neglected. I have, therefore, written to my uncle, by marriage, Mr. J.P. Lesley who was an orthodox clergyman too rational for the profession, and now engaged in some way in the state Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, to see if I could obtain employment in that survey...If I cannot get employment there, I think I shall take my carpetbag and wander about until I find some farmer in want of another hand. At the end of the year I shall decide again on what to do, whether to be a merchant, machinist, engineer, physician or what else..."

Box: 3 Fold: 26 Benjamin S. Lyman
September 27, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 9/27/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, thanking Sanborn for sending on his "Chrystallotypes." Also describes his "pedestrian tour of Berkshire," which included visiting Westfield, Stockbridge, Pittfield, New Lebanon Springs, Williamstown, etc.

Box: 3 Fold: 27 Benjamin S. Lyman
October 16, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 10/16/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, recounting his employment as a farm hand in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Reference to unsuccessful application to teach at a seminary in Easthampton, and other plans for gainful employment.

Box: 3 Fold: 28 Benjamin S. Lyman
November 18, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 11/18/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Reference to Sanborn's school in Concord: "...I am glad to hear that your school is getting on so well. You have for a pupil a young Higginson from Deerfield, as I hear through some sisters of his mother who lives here (Northampton); so I suppose that your fame is becoming extensive and I congratulate you therefor (sic.). Perhaps next summer your Academy, or Seminary, or Institute, or College, or Whatnot will have so much increased as to require two assistants instead of one - one to teach Mathematics, Physics, and the Natural Sciences in general. If so perhaps you could induce me to take up my residence in Concord, provided I am in the unfortunate condition of a man having no work to do, and provided also you could offer me a good round salary..."

References to his current employment as itinerant woodchopper and as pedestrian traveller in search of odd jobs: "On the afternoon that I closed my last letter to you, I set out once more to see the world, with one dollar and one cent in my pocket..."

Later: "...After walking about two miles, I found employment, when it was too dark, I suppose, for my employer to see how I looked. He agreed to let me work for him the next morning, and would have taken me for the whole day, but I had then determined to spend Sunday here. So I worked hard the next morning at digging potatoes. He boarded me a whole day and I hardly expected any pay, but he gave me twenty cents and I went home in the afternoon twenty-one times as rich in money as I had left it Monday morning..."

Box: 3 Fold: 29 Benjamin S. Lyman
December 13, 1855

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 12/13/1855, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, regarding obtaining a recommendation from Mr. Choate for Lyman's application for the position of teacher of mathematics at the Brooklyn collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. Reference also to meeting some Harvard classmates as rival applicants for the ushership in the Latin School in Boston.

Also mentions hearing a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "...Mr. Emerson's lecture was on Beauty, and he said a great many good things. He said a good deal about the beauty of the ladies; but my sentiments remain the same on the whole..."

Box: 3 Fold: 30 Benjamin S. Lyman
January 8, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/8/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, thanking Sanborn for facilitating the transmission of employment recommendation letters. Reference to job prospects as a teacher in New York. Also refers to the situation in Kansas relating to the abolition movement: "...You ask if I would take a rifle and go to Kansas in case of need? I would most willingly, only that I should have to steal the rifle in the first place, I fear. I had thought a little of this matter before you mentioned it, and have since heard more about the troubles in Kansas. If there was a chance of doing something more than merely rifle shooting, as well as that, if there was need, I think it would be really worthwhile for one to spend the next six months there. It would be as improving to my health as engineering (unless I were shot), and would be, perhaps more improving mentally. It would be exciting to live there at this time, and one would feel as if he were doing an honorable action in going there..."

Reference also to Samuel Clarke Pomeroy (1816-1891), senator and advocate of the Kansas free state: "...Gen. Pomeroy is to be in this neighborhood, if not at this house, this week, and I shall ask him about the (Kansas) matter. I am very well situated to do such a thing; for I am not yet bound down to any trade or profession, and the new ideas and facts that I should become acquainted with would be instructive and amusing no doubt. After one more invasion from Missouri, they expect quiet, and there would, therefore, be no great object in my remaining there more than a few months. As I am not of age, legally I should not be on the same footing with others in respect to getting land. As for being shot in a good cause, I believe we agree perfectly about that..."

Box: 3 Fold: 30.1 Benjamin S. Lyman
January 10, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/10/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, asking Sanborn for a loan of fifteen dollars being at this time unemployed.

Box: 3 Fold: 31 Benjamin S. Lyman
January 16, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 1/16/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, thanking Sanborn for sending money. Reference to Samuel Clarke Pomeroy and to Lyman's own plans to remove to Kansas: "...The more I think about going to Kansas, the better I like the idea. It seems to me that Kansas will be quite a remarkable country. It is likely to have a bloody birth...It is the very navel of this country, and we cannot but hope, and indeed expect, that through it we shall receive a new and better life. It seems to be to the eastern states what they were to England, or perhaps what New Zealand is to England of the present day, the land of reform..."

Also describes his personal views of the U.S. Constitution.

Box: 3 Fold: 32 Benjamin S. Lyman
February 11, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 2/11/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman, writing with news of his prospects including postponing a plan to go out to Kansas in order to take up an offer to teach at the academy in Deerfield: "...The term is so short that it will be just right for me to try whether I like teaching or not, and it would not interfere materially with my Kansas plan, if I wished to carry that out, and it would give me money enough for that purpose. And then, if I like teaching it will be a good stepping stone to some other place....Last but not least, there is very pleasant society in Deerfield (young ladies, Agnes Higginson, &c.)..."

Box: 3 Fold: 33 Benjamin S. Lyman
March 13, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 3/13/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Reference to his own eagerness as well as that of the Higginson family for a visit from Sanborn. Also describes his first experiences as a school teacher and enjoying presenting plays with Agnes Higginson.

Box: 3 Fold: 34 Benjamin S. Lyman
April 21, 1856

DESCRIPTION: ALS (dated 4/21/1856, with envelope) to Franklin B. Sanborn from Benjamin S. Lyman. Remarks on Sanborn's unfavorable comparison of New York to Boston. Reference to perhaps having fallen in love; seeing the Higginson family every day; and of plans to quit his teaching position in Deerfield in order possibly to go into the engineering profession or to China on business.

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