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Margaret Fuller Papers, 1837-1884 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Rare Books and Manuscript staff, October 2011

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Collection Overview

Title: Margaret Fuller Papers, 1837-1884Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Collection Identifier: MS Am. 1450

Primary Creator: Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850

Other Creators: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911

Extent: 273.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects: Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence, Channing, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1884 -- Correspondence., Dial (Boston, Mass.)., Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Correspondence., Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850 -- Correspondence., Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 -- Correspondence.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains approximately 154 letters, poems, fragments, and journal extracts written by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) from 1837-1850. Also included is correspondence regarding Thomas Wentworth's biography of Fuller.

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains approximately 154 letters, poems, fragments, and journal extracts written by Margaret Fuller from 1837-1850, including letters to William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Lewis Cass. This material provides insights into Fuller’s thoughts about religion and nature, her writing, the Dial, her dissatisfaction with life, her relationships with Emerson and Ossoli, and her experiences in Italy. Also included are 109 letters written between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and such people as William Henry Channing, James Freeman Clark, and George Willis Cooke regarding his biography about Fuller.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Channing, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1884 -- Correspondence.
Dial (Boston, Mass.).
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Correspondence.
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850 -- Correspondence.
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 -- Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Acquisition Method: This collection was donated to the Boston Public Library by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Margaret Fuller Loring, November 24, 1904.

Related Materials:

Two letters to John Dwight from Margaret Fuller dated 31 May and 8 Jun 1837. MS E. 4.1.15.

Letter to Mrs. Maria (Weston) Chapman from Margaret Fuller dated 20 Dec 1840. MS A.9.2, vol.14 no. 82A.

Letter to Anne Warren Weston from Margaret Fuller dated 1840. MS A.9.2, vol.14 no 83A.

Letter to Mrs. Francis dated 5 Dec 1845. MS Ch.B 4.57.

Letter to J. N. Gotendorf to Richard Fuller dated 14 Feb 1863. MS Am. 1451 (74).

72 letters to James Nathan from Margaret Fuller dated Feb 1845-Aug1946. MS Am. 1451.

Letter to editors of the Broadway Journal dated 9 August 1845. MS Gris. 1267.

Letter to J. N. Gotendorf  from Richard Fuller dated 14 Feb 1863. MS Am. 1451 (74).

Letter to Horace G. Waldin to Thomas Wentworth Higginson dated 5 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (75).

Letter to Boston Public Library from Anderson Auction Company, New York dated 12 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (76).

Note from Boston Public Library Order Department dated 19 Jan 1904. MS Am. 1451 (77).

Anderson Auction Company, New York. Notice of sale of Margaret Fuller letters to James Nathan. MS Am. 1451 (78).

Preferred Citation: Margaret Fuller Papers. MS Am. 1450. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, August 2011.


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Folder 60: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Mrs. Christopher Pease Cranch, Rome, 14 May 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes activities of friends.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 61: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Mrs. Christopher Pease Cranch, Rome, 9 March 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tells about activities of friends and plans.  3 s. (5 p.)
Folder 62: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 21 September 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Explains resentment of Dr. Robinson and comments on his essay Nature; Boston, Mass.  2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 63: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy)  [to Ralph Waldo Emerson?]Add to your cart.

Describes limitations on her writing her autobiography.

Transferred to Folder 79.

Folder 64: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 11 April 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Returns pamphlet, sends books, and describes activities; Boston, Mass. 3 s. (5 p.)
Folder 65: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groton, Mass., 30 May 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
On proposed visit to concord and books.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 66: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. to Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1 s. (2 p.), June 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Writes that she is looking forward to returning to Concord and hearing his speech.
Folder 67: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850, Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groton, Mass., 7 January 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Scolds him for postponing a lecture.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 68: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. L (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groton, Mass., 4 March 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
commenting on Jones Very's Hamlet and other readings.  2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 69: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jamaica Plain, 25 November 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Includes some poems of Caroline Sturgis and comments on her health.  2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 70: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Comments on criticism of an essay.  1 s (2 p.)
Folder 71: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jamaica Plain, 12 April 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Says Dial could have Caroline Sturgis's poems and comments on growing opposition to her ideas.  2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 72: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jamaica Plain,, 31 May 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses a religious revival in Providence, G. Ripley, Alcott, and Dial subscriptions.  3 s. (5 p.)
Folder 73: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Jamaica Plain, 5 July 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses her inablity to write and Carolina Sturgis.  3 s. (3 p.)
Folder 74: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Asks about  his health and mentions the Dial.
Folder 75: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord,, October 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses  his character.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 76: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, March 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Compairs two reviews of his writing.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 77: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 18 April 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Warns him against allowing E.P. Peabody to write copy. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 78: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L.(incomplete copy) to Ralph Waldo Emerson, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Expresses philosophical musings. 1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 79: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller). Ms.L.(incomplete copy) to Henry Hedge, Boston, 6 April 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Questions his criticism of Alcott and explains why she could not write her autobiography.  3 s. (3 p.)
Folder 80: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Margaret (Crane) Fuller before sailing from Leghorn. Florence, 14 May 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 81: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

81a  Ms.L (copy) to Richard Fuller about anticipated return voyage; Florence, 24 February 1850.  Incomplete. 1 s. (1p.)

81b Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Lewis Cass comparing Rome and Florence; Florence, Italy, 5 March 1850.  1 s. (1 p.)

Folder 82: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (copy) to Thomas Hicks, Rome, 17 May 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Expresses her last wishes in event of her death.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 83: Ossoli, Sarah Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms.L. (incomplete copy) to Mrs. Elizabeth Hoar, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Asks her not to criticize Ossoli.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 84: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. fragment, 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses Richard Henry Dana and Jane Tuckerman's Oratorio of David.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 85: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms. fragment, 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses Richard Henry Dana and a Shakespeare lecture.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 86: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A. Ms. fragment, 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Criticizes the English Quaker Joseph Gurney.  2 s. (4 p.)
Folder 87: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses speech by Mr. Whipple.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 88: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms. (incomplete), October 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes appearance and oratory styles of John Neal and Rev. Hague. 3 s. (6 p.)
Folder 89: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms. (incomplete), Dec 1838?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes last days of teaching in Providence.  3 s. (6 p.)
Folder 90: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 10 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses her friends.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 91: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 24 January 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Contains thoughts on religion
Folder 92: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 20 Jan 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About a passion flower metaphor and an unidentified person.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 93: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 30 January 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes suffering from intense headache.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 94: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., January 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Comments on doctrine of Virgin Birth.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 95: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A. Ms. Journal, 21 & 28 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Entries.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 96: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (incomplete), May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About friendship.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 97: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Credo of her religious beliefs.  6 s. (19 p.)
Folder 98: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., Summer, 1842Add to your cart.
Moved to Folder 97.
Folder 99: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) fragment, 184-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
About her brother Eugene Fuller.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 100: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms. fragment, 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Reflecting on personal qualities.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 101: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), Paris, 24 December 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Expressing thoughts inspired by visit to cathedral at Christmas.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 102: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), 23 November 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Observations on connection between poverty and ill health. (Copy)  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 103: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), 10 March 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Despairing of life.  Written during siege of Rome (copy)  2 s. (2 p.)
Folder 104: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. 2 Mss (copies) fragments, July 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes her son and her relationship with Ossoli.  2 s. (2 p.)
Folder 105: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A. Ms. fragment, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Expresses joy over son's recovery.  2 s. (2 p.)
Folder 106: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., Autumn, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes Abruzzi mountains. 1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 107: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) fragment, 17 December 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Forboding a crisis. Florence.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 108: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) fragment, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Expressing depth of sorrow.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 109: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) fragment, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes love for Ossoli.  3 s. (2 p.)
Folder 110: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), n.d., 6 February 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Parts of two letters copied together commenting on society and the rightness of her actions.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 111: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 184-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes pictures Ticknor had.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 112: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copied fragment), 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses  publication of her book; Italy.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 113: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), 182-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Composition about Leonidas.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 114: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy), n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes Fuller book-closet.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 115: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. (copy) fragments, 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes feelings for Ossoli, her son, and voyage home (copy); Florence
Folder 116: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms (copy) fragment, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses friends.  Poem on reverse side.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 117: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms. translation, 183-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Passage from Goethe with brief commentary.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 118: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Discusses death of Maria Lowell's child.  (Copy by Mrs. Emelyn Story.)  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 119: Ossoli, Margaret (Fuller), 1810-1850. A.Ms., 183-?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Describes ideas about mysticism and harmony of nature.  1 s. (2 p.)

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