'American Letters'

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 UCC/2/39
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 C1(38)
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      19 items

Scope and Content

A collection of correspondence bundled together as 'American Letters'. Due to the broad range of writers within the collection the material would be of particular use to anyone interested in American Unitarianism in the 19th century as well as anyone researching American activism and abolitionist history within this period. Several key American locations are mentioned, including New York, Chicago, Boston and Michigan as well as locations within the UK. Events of note within the material are references to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and its aftermath, the Civil War, the abolitionist movement, and the suffrage movement. Many of the letters, especially those by Frederick Douglass and Julia Ward Howe, are impassioned and moving pleas for assistance and understanding in the fight for civil rights.

Administrative / Biographical History

The material references notable Unitarian ministers such as John Relly Beard, the Reverend James C. Street and Robert Collyer. The collection also boasts letters from notable abolitionists such as the freed slave and orator Frederick Douglass and the women's rights advocate and author of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' Julia Ward Howe. Several letters are also written by Henry Whitney Bellows, an American clergyman and the president of the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War.


Original order maintained