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Mack Family Correspondence

 Collection — Container: MS Am. 1067
Call Number: MS Am. 1067

Scope and Contents

This collection contains nine letters written to David Mack, 22 letters to his daughter Isabella Hinckley (Mack), and two letters written to his wife Lucy Mack by various friends, including William Lloyd Garrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Celia Thaxter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Peabody, and Lucy Stone.


  • 1828-1922
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/02/1969


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Biographical / Historical

David Mack (1804-1878), graduated from Yale College in 1823 and studied law under his uncle, Judge Mack, in Salem, Massachusetts. He practiced law in Andover for a short time until he began teaching. Mack was one of the signers of the original agreement to establish Brook Farm. From 1831-1836, he was the principal of the Friend’s School in Bedford. For several years he ran a girls boarding school in Cambridge, until 1841 when and together with George William Benson (1808-), Samuel Lapham Hill (1806-1882) and others, he helped found the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian community, located near Northampton, Mass. Based on communal living and racial equality, the Association set out to reform the existing industrial system based on competition and division of labor to one of mutual cooperation. Mack and his wife Lucy were teachers in the Association’s progressive school. Among the supporters and members of the Northampton community were William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips, Samuel May, and Sojourner Truth.  Mack left the Association in 1835.


31.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Goodspeed's Book Shop, Boston, Mass

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

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Mack Family Correspondence
Rare Books and Manuscripts staff, 2014
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Revision Statements

  • 2014-09: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, September 2014.

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