This collection is made up of letters written by and addressed to members of the Minot family of Boston, Massachusetts, between the 1820s and 1840s. The letters pertain to family members' lives in Boston and New York City, travel, and other subjects.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, March 2014
Scope and Content:
This collection is made up of letters written by and addressed to members of the Minot family of Boston, Massachusetts, between the 1820s and 1840s. Louisa Minot wrote to her daughter Mary about life in Boston and New York City. She shared news of family members, discussed her travels, and described visits to a deaf and dumb asylum for children (June 20, 1824) and an insane asylum (undated). Her letter of September 11, 1836, mentions a pet monkey. Mary wrote undated letters to her mother about her experiences in New York City, including her journey to New York, social activities, and attendance at concerts and theatrical performances; she also wrote about medical treatments she received on Staten Island. Mary also received letters from Louisa Lee, a friend in Boston, and G. de Castillio, a man who discussed his intention to visit Italy (July 25, 1842). William Minot wrote one letter to his daughter Julia about the progress of Boston's public garden (July 27, 1839).
Biographical / Historical:
William Minot (1783-1873) graduated from Harvard College in 1802 and became a lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. On July 29, 1810, he married Louisa Davis (1787 or 1788-1858); they had at least five children: George R., William (1817-1894), Francis, Mary (ca. 1812-1882), and Julia.
2003. M-4285.4 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end. Undated items are arranged by recipient.
Rules or Conventions:
Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Additional Descriptive Data:
Additional William Minot letters may be found in the Baldwin family papers.
The Massachusetts Historical Society holds a collection of William Minot papers.
Davis, William T. History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts, Including the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies, the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, and the Commonwealth. [Boston]: The Boston Book Company, 1900.
Reno, Conrad. Memoirs of the Judiciary and the Bar of New England for the Nineteenth Century with a History of the Judicial System of New England. Volume 3. Boston: The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1901.
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