Guide to the Thomas Wentworth Higginson letter, 1859 November 16


Letter written by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson regarding an upcoming lecture entitled A Visit to the Family of John Brown.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth letter
1859 November 16
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a single page autograph manuscript letter from abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson to an unknown male correspondent. Wentworth writes that he has prepared a lecture called A Visit to the Family of John Brown. Sources indicate that Higginson had returned from visiting the Brown family in the Adirondacks on November 4th, 1859. He writes that no one else from Massachusetts has visited the Brown family that he's aware of, except for fellow abolitionist Franklin Benjamin Sanborn. He asks if the recipient would prefer this lecture to the one Higginson had previously prepared. This lecture was likely turned into a chapter in Higginson's 1898 book Contemporaries called A Visit to John Brown's Household in 1859.

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[Identification of item], Thomas Wentworth Higginson letter, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

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Historical Note

Thomas Wentworth Higginson was an American abolitionist, women's rights advocate, Unitarian Minister, writer, and Civil War soldier. A Massachusetts native, Higginson served in the first federally authorized black regiment. Higginson was one of the Secret Six, a group of abolitionists that raised money to support John Brown's planned slave insurrection at Harpers Ferry, Virginia that took place in December, 1859.

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The Thomas Wentworth Higginson letter was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

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Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS250