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Henry Hale G. Sharpless letterbooks

Identifier: HC.MC-975-02-018

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the four handwritten letterbooks of Henry Hale G. Sharpless. The letterbooks contain both business and personal correspondence, though the majority of correspondence is personal, addressed to friends and family during Sharpless's travels. The letters include topics such as descriptions of the cities and towns he visits, descriptions of landmarks, cultural differences, food, and styles of dress.


  • 1851-1864


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Henry Hale Graham Sharpless (1823-1870) was born in 1823, the son of Townsend Sharpless and Mary B. Jones Sharpless. In 1855, Sharpless married Mary Van Buren and was disowned by the Quakers for marrying out. Sharpless ran a dry goods business in Philadelphia, which was started by his grandfather. Sharpless died in 1870, at the age of 46.


0.12 Linear Feet (4 volumes)





Related Materials

  • MC.975.01.068 Henry Hale G. Sharpless diaries
  • MC.975.08.029 Henry Hale G. Sharpless financial records
  • MC.975.11.036 Henry Hale G. Sharpless passport

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
Henry Hale G. Sharpless letterbooks, 1851-1860
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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