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Nathaniel Peabody Rogers collection

Identifier: HC.MC-806

Scope and Contents

Letters of Nathaniel Peabody Rogers (1794-1846), American abolitionist, to his wife, Mary Porter Farrand Rogers, and members of his family; also, to friends interested in the anti-slavery movement. Writers of letters to Nathaniel P. Rogers include: Mary Clark, William Lloyd Garrison, Isaac Tatem Hopper, Elizabeth Pease, George Thompson, Richard Davis Webb, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others. There are two letters from Sen. Charles Sumner to Sen. McPhail, three letters from Parker Pillsbury to Mary Rogers, a letter from Susan B. Anthony to Mary Rogers and a copy of a Frederick Douglass letter (1892 2/18) to Marshall Pierce. The collection also includes deeds, receipts, and other legal documents, as well as drafts of editorials, letters to newspapers,articles by N.P. Rogers and a signed photograph of John G. Whittier. There is the original constitution of the Plymouth Anti-Slavery Society. In addition, there are letters about Nathaniel P. Rogers and a proposed memorial to be erected by his grandchildren in Concord, N.H. As well, there are over 100 issues of the Herald of Freedom.


  • Creation: 1800-1911


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Peabody Rogers (1794-1846) was educated at Dartmouth College and studied and practiced law in New Hampshire. In approximately 1833, Rogers became interested in the antislavery movement. He gave up his law practice and became editor of the Herald of Freedom, an antislavery paper which had been started some three or four years prior. He was an editor of the National Antislavery Standard from June 1840-May 13, 1841 and author of "Southern slavery and northern religion: two addresses," delivered in Concord, New Hampshire, February 11, 1844, as reported in Concord, New Hampshire Herald of Freedom, February 16, 1844; the addresses were published in Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave: with related documents/written by himself; edited with an introduction by David W. Blight. Publisher Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's,c 2003.

He married Mary Porter Farrand Rogers (1796-1890); they had eight children: Frances Farrand Rogers (1823-1866), George Stanton Rogers (1824-1835), Caroline Prentice Rogers (1826-1891), Daniel Farrand Rogers (1828-1919), Ellen Mulliken Rogers (1830-1890), Mary Porter Rogers (1832-1930), Charles Stuart Rogers (1835-1893), and Lucia Anne Kent Rogers (1837-1901). Mary Porter Farrand Rogers was the daughter of Daniel Farrand (1760-1825) and Mary Porter (1773-1812).

Information from: Old portraits and modern sketches/by John G. Whittier and OPAC.


1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



A collection relating to the work of anti-slavery advocate and worker, Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, and the circle of others involved, including John Greenleaf Whittier, William Lloyd Garrison and Susan B. Anthony. There are a number of issues of the Herald of Freedom of which Rogers was the editor.


The Nathaniel Peabody Rogers collection was gifted to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1949 by Joshua L. Baily Jr.; the Whittier letters and Quaker materials were purchased by Haverford College through purchase from Hillcrest Book Shop.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.1220 Joseph S. Elkinton collection
  • HCM.002 Master's Theses, 1951, Arthur, Robert Stanley, "Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, 1794-1846: New Hampshire abolitionist"

Processing Information

Originally processed by Diana Franzusoff Peterson. Reboxed and finding aid revised June 2022 by Cole Hannah.

Nathaniel Peabody Rogers collection, 1800-1911
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