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John Greenleaf Whittier papers, 1781-1922

Am I not a man and a brother?

Am I not a man and a brother?

Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

John Greenleaf Whittier, at age 45, half length portrait

John Greenleaf Whittier, at age 45, half length portrait

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Location
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Mass.) External Link
Background
Quaker poet, author, and abolitionist, of Haverhill, Amesbury, and Danvers, Essex County, Mass.
Contents
Whittier correspondence: letters sent series (1833-1882) includes letters sent to relatives and others sharing Whittier's political and literary interests. Includes information concerning his daily life, illnesses, early career as a political writer, secession of the Southern States at the beginning of the Civil War, celebration of his 80th birthday throughout the U.S., and sources for characters in his poem Snowbound. Correspondents include his cousin, Abby (Johnson) Woodman, her daughter, Phebe Woodman, author Mary Abigail Dodge (writing under name of Gail Hamilton), abolitionist Henry I. Bowditch, and Henry Wilson. Whittier correspondence: letters received series (1829-1892) includes letters from relatives, colleagues in political and reform activities, and admirers and autograph collectors. Subjects include publication of his work, family life, help and advice given to women writers, his abolitionist activities in the anti-slavery movement, the teaching career in the North of former slave Charlotte L. Forten, and Quaker activities during the Civil War. Correspondents include his sister, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Whittier, relatives Ada and Gustavus Cammett and Hannah Neall, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, and Charles Sumner, and many women authors including Mary Abigail Dodge (Gail Hamilton), Mary Mapes Dodge, Annie Fields, Sarah Orne Jewett, Lucy Larcom, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Celia Thaxter. Writings by Whittier series consists of poetry, prose, and printed materials (partially indexed), handwritten translations of foreign verse, contract for Snowbound, and other papers. Of interest is an introduction to Ichabod, Whittier's attack on Daniel Webster for his defense of the Fugitive Slave Law.
Read Whittier's antislavery poem, "Our Countrymen in Chains" on original broadside, 1837 External Link (PDF, 2 p., 79 KB)
(See the NUCMC catalog record)
 
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