Preliminary Guide to the Horace Mann Hawthorne-Mann family correspondence, 1853-1865 and undated (bulk 1864-1865)

Collection Overview

Primarily letters to Mann from his family and the family of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Correspondents include Sophia Hawthorne, Rose Hawthorne, Una Hawthorne, brother George Mann, mother Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, and Elizabeth Peabody. Topics include family activities and travels, especially comments on Mann's descriptions of San Francisco and the Sandwich Islands [now the Hawaiian Islands]; Nathaniel Hawthorne's death and burial; Abraham Lincoln's death and burial; and opinions about Civil War events, battles, and personalities. Includes a letter from Elizabeth Peabody (undated) describing her two visits to President Lincoln and mentioning General Hitchcock's opinions about Lincoln and the Civil War. In addition, there is a carte-de-visite of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Acquired as part of the Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Collection Number
Horace Mann Hawthorne-Mann family correspondence
1853-1865 and undated, bulk 1864-1865
Mann, Horace, 1844-1868
0.2 Linear Feet, 17 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Contents of the Collection

1863 March 3

Letter written during Hawthorne's youth.

1864 October 30

An informal letter.

1864 March 3

Topics include a military ball, the Sandwich Islands, and events in Concord.

1864 April 28

Topics include Julian Hawthorne and Mann's description of San Francisco.

1864 May 30

Topics include Julian Hawthorne, Una Hathorne's studies, and Mann's dangerous pursuits.

1864 August 3

Topics include a camping expedition to Mt. Monadnock, her father's (Nathaniel Hawthorne's) death, Mann's description of the Hawaiian Islands, a fair for colored children, and family and friends.

1864 May 29

Topics include Nathaniel Hawthorne's funeral and his burial location in Sleepy Hollow.

1865 April 18

Topics include the death of Abraham Lincoln, church services, and the reaction to Lincoln's death in Boston.

1864 May 30

Topics include Nathaniel Hawthorne's funeral.

1864 July 23

Topics include the Civil War, troop movements, battles, and specific military leaders such as Grant and Jackson.

1865 April 20

Topics include Lincoln's death and Reconstruction.

From Sophia Hawthorne, 1864 October 30

Topics include the character of her husband, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the difficulty of life after his death. The letter also contains a carte-de-visite of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

From Elizabeth Peabody, no date

Topics include her visits with Lincoln and General Hitchcock's comments on the Civil War.

From Sophia Hawthorne, 1858 November 21

Topics include her family, travels to Europe, and a visit with the Brownings.

From Rose Hawthorne, December 9 (no year)

Topics include her health and her child's education.

From Sophia Hawthorne, 1853 October 20

Topics include the family's social engagments and activities in England.


Historical Note

Son of American educator, reformer, and U.S. Congressman, Horace Mann (1796-1859).

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The Horace Mann Hawthorne-Mann family correspondence was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Crassons

Completed May 21, 2002

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.