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Collection Identifier: MS C.1.11

Primary Creator: Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871

Extent: 251.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Authors' Spouses — United States, Editors — United States — Correspondence, England — Description and Travel, Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864, Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871 -- Marriage, Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871 — Correspondence, New England — Description and Travel, Women -- Social Life and Customs -- 19th Century, Women artists -- 19th century., Women Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains approximately 251 letters written to James Thomas Fields (1817-1881), the publisher and friend of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), and his wife Annie Adams Fields (1834-1915), between the years 1851-1904 by members of the Hawthorne family and they document both the personal and professional nature of their relationship.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains approximately 251 letters written to James Thomas Fields (1817-1881), the publisher and friend of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), and his wife Annie Adams Fields (1834-1915), between the years 1851-1904 by members of the Hawthorne family and they document both the personal and professional nature of their relationship. The majority of the letters were written by Sophia Hawthorne (1809-1871), wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne, to Annie Adams Fields between the years 1851 and 1871. In many of the approximately 120 letters to Annie Adams Fields, Sophia discusses the health and daily life of her children, and Hawthorne’s failing health and eventual death. She also includes her opinion of the books she was reading.  Mutual friends such as Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), Mary Porter Hemenway (1820-1897), and George Stillman Hillard (1809-1894) are mentioned. After Hawthorne’s death, Sophia’s focus shifts to financial concerns such as the household budget and the loan made to her by James Fields. The letters to Mr. Fields reflect her new role as editor of Hawthorne’s journals later published as Passages from the American Note-Books and Passages from the English Note-Books, portions of which were first published in the " Atlantic Monthly"in 1866. Of note are five letters about a journal written by Hawthorne at Brook Farm. In addition, she discusses the possible publication of Hawthorne’s children’s book, 20 Days with Julian and Bunny (privately printed in 1904 as Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny: A Diary).  Also, there are seven letters that contain Sophia’s pen and ink sketches.

Collection Historical Note

Sophia Hawthorne (1809-1871) was one of the Peabody sisters of Salem who were reformers and supporters of the arts. She was a painter, writer, and editor of her husband Nathaniel Hawthorne’s journals.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors' Spouses — United States
Editors — United States — Correspondence
England — Description and Travel
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871 -- Marriage
Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871 — Correspondence
New England — Description and Travel
Women -- Social Life and Customs -- 19th Century
Women artists -- 19th century.
Women Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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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 Source: Unknown

Preferred Citation: Sophia Hawthorne correspondence with James and Annie Fields. MS C.1.11. 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 Department staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Jill Rycerz, 2014.


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Folder 151: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.L.S. to James Thomas Fields; [Concord.], 17 March [18]62Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Thanks him for the masquerade costume. Wore it also the next evening to a little private dance "which was jollier." Signed "H.R." 1 p.
Folder 152: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.L.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [(Concord)], 20 May 1862Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Was not going to celebrate her birthday till Saturday but got "three of four delightful presents." 3 p.
Folder 153: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. and Hawthorne, Sophia, 1809-1871.Add to your cart.
Item 153A: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.L.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [Concord.], 29 June 1862Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Was disappointed Mrs. Fields did not come to Una's party. Sprained her foot and it is not well even now. Appended is a postscript by Sophia Hawthorne. 4 p.
Item 153B: Hawthorne, Sophia, 1809-1871. Postscript to Annie Adams Fields; [(Concord)], [29 June 1862]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Invites her to Mr. Fields to visit between the 5th and the 15th of July when Mr. Hawthorne will be there. Postscript appended to a letter to Mr. Fields by Rose (Hawthorne) Lathrop, June 29, 1862.
Folder 154: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926.Add to your cart.
Item 154A: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.L.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [The Wayside, Concord.], 1 January 1863Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Thanks her for the book; thinks her picture is beautiful. 4 p.
Item 154B: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.L.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [(Concord)], [23 March 1863]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Has been sick but has had a great deal to amuse her. 4 p.
Folder 155: Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926. A.N.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [Concord.], 5 May 1864Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Asks Mrs. Fields to get a gray straw hat for her. 1 p.
Folder 156: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L.S. to Annie Adams Fields; [n.p.], 24 [December 1863]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Compliments her on the Ode [at the installation of the Great Organ]. Sends an article intended for the March Atlantic Monthly. Has printed and illustrated with her own hands the first installment of a life of Apollo. 4 p.
Folder 157: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L.S. to James Thomas Fields; [n.p.], [October 1868]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Intends to have a confidential talk with him about Mrs. Hawthorne's affairs. Speaks of the lack of yearly accounts, of the occurrence of errors, and the question of the author's percentage. Suggests he have the book examined. Declares "people's tongues are wagging to his detriment." 8 p .
Folder 158: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L.S. to [James Thomas Fields]; [n.p.], 1 November [1868]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mrs. Hawthorne wishes her to find out from Houghton what volumes were printed and in what years. Would like an order from him to that effect. 3 p.
Folder 159: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L.S. to James Thomas Fields; [n.p.], 20 November [1868]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
According to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Hawthorne's works do not net $100 a year. Compares this with Washington Irving's profits. Finds a number of errors in the account, particularly the percentage. Mrs. Hawthorne thinks she will have Putnam publish the English and Italian journals. Pencil note -- in whose hand? 8 p.
Folder 160: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L. to James Thomas Fields; [n.p.], 14 December [1868]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Is forced to believe that all the copies manufactured were not entered. Speaks of the suspicious of others. 4 p.
Folder 161: Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. A.L.S. to [James Thomas Fields]; [Cambridge.], 4 January 1869Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sees now the accuracy of Mr. Clarke's accounts; did not realize the contract for 12¢ a volume dated from 1864. Does not think it necessary to examine the printer's accounts. Will advise Mrs. Hawthorne not to change her publisher. 4 p.

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