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John Greenleaf Whittier Letters

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.
Title: John Greenleaf Whittier Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1859-1888
Quantity: 7 items (SC).
Abstract: Papers of the American poet. Outgoing correspondence.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John Greenleaf Whitter (1807-1892) was an American poet, editor and abolitionist. Born in Massachusetts, Whittaker spent his youth on a Quaker farm. His discovery of Robert Burns led to his career as a poet. His major works include: Snow-bound, The Pennsylvania Pilgrim and Other Poems, and The Tent on the Beach and Other Poems. Among his patrons was William Lloyd Garrison, who gave Whittier his first editorial job at a Boston newspaper and published some of Whittier's poems in The Liberator. Whittier was also active in politics and worked to help form the Republican party.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Greenleaf Whittier Papers consists of seven items of outgoing correspondence. One of the fragments, possibly an enclosure intended for publication, reads: "For myself I shall esteem it a privilege as well as duty to cast my vote for the Republican candidates. I regret the action of the Independents. I would ask no man to vote against his conscience however mistaken I might regard it, but I see no reason why my Independent friends should give aid and comfort to a party whose principles and practice they have always condemned. Why for fear of violating their consciences in one direction, should they deliberately violate them in another? They might simply withold [sic] their votes, or cast them for some other representative of their views and principles than the Democratic candidate."

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.


American poetry -- 19th century.
Poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Greenleaf Whittier Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1988-07-19
Revision history: 16 Apr 2009 - converted to EAD (AM)

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SC 48, Folder 1 25 Apr 1859 - "My dear fds." (1 page)
SC 48, Folder 1 16 Apr 1870 - "My dear friend, Grace Greenwood." (3 pages)
SC 48, Folder 1 20 Sep 1881 - "Dear Friend ------" (3 pages)
SC 48, Folder 1 7 Jul 1888 - "Dear Friend" (2 pages)
SC 48, Folder 1 30 Sept [no year] - "My Dear Friend" (3 pages)
SC 48, Folder 2 undated (2 items)

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