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Anne Hampton Brewster Correspondence

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Anne Hampton Brewster (1818 or 19-1892) was the sister of Benjamin H. Brewster, Philadelphia lawyer and U.S. Attorney General from 1881-1885. She was an unusual woman for her time: she refused to marry, converted to Catholicism, lived alone rather than with a male relative, and sued her brother for complete control over her share of their father's estate. She spent much of her life in Rome and became a professional journalist, publishing articles and essays primarily in Philadelphia, New York and Boston newspapers.

James Edward Carpenter (1841-1901) served in the Union Army during the Civil War, achieving the rank of brevet major, and then became a well-respected business lawyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anne Hampton Brewster Correspondence consists largely of correspondence between Brewster in Rome and Carpenter in Philadelphia. Included are letters of condolence on the death of Carpenter's wife, Harriet, and a few legal documents such as Benjamin Brewster's will.

Arrangement of the Collection

Letters are subdivided as shown in the inventory below and then arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Brewster, Anne M. H. (Anne Maria Hampton), 1819-1892.
Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888.
Carpenter, J. E. (James Edward), 1841-1901.
Dorr, Harriet Odin.


Lawyers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Noncitizens -- Italy.
Women journalists.

Genres and Forms

Calling cards.
Clippings (information artifacts)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Anne Hampton Brewster Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1966.

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