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John Greenleaf Whittier letterbook

Identifier: HC.MC-975-02-025

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume letterbook of John Whittier Greenleaf, which includes Greenleaf's personal correspondence with William J. Allinson. Topics covered in the letters include news of Greenleaf and Allinson's health, news of their families, as well as discussions of contributions to "The Non-Slaveholder" and discussions of English Friends.


  • 1842-1873


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was born on December 17, 1807 in Haverhill, Mass., the son of Quakers John Whittier and Abigail Hussey Whittier. He was an American poet and editor, and his first published poem, "The Exile's Departure" was printed in William Lloyd Garrison's Newburyport Free Press in 1826. He attended Haverhill Academy from 1827-1828. In addition to being a poet, Whittier was an involved abolitionist. He was a delegate to the Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, and a member of the State Legislature in 1835. Whittier founded the antislavery Liberty party in 1840 and ran for Congress in 1842. In the mid-1850s he began to work for the formation of the Republican party; he supported presidential candidacy of John C. Frémont in 1856.

Whittier published his first collection of poems in 1837, his first authorized collection in 1838, the collection "Snow Bound" was published in 1866, and in 1871, and he edited an edition of John Woolman's Journal.

John Greenleaf Whittier died on September 7, 1892 in Hampton Falls, N.H.


0.08 Linear Feet (1 volume)





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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
John Greenleaf Whittier letterbook, 1842-1873
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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