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Isabel Carret Peirce Correspondence

 Collection — Container: MS 3869
Call Number: MS 3869

Scope and Contents

This collection contains fourteen letters written to Isabel Carret Peirce (1831-1888) of Lincoln, Massachusetts, from 1850-1888. The eight letters to Isabel from her sister Adeline written between 1870 and 1888 document life on the Carret family sugar plantation near Trinidad, Cuba during and immediately after the Ten Years War. The war began in 1868 when rebels declared Cuban independence from Spain and called for the emancipation of slaves. The letters contain descriptions of dangers faced by the family, including the looting and burning of local towns and plantations by bands of insurgents. The letters also document interactions with soldiers sent to protect the sugar plantations from rebels. The failure of neighboring plantations and the economic decline of Trinidad in general are frequently described, as are the mounting debts of the Carret plantation. The imminent abolition of slavery in Cuba is also discussed.

The six letters written from Isabel’s mother, Eliza H. Carret; aunt, E. H. Henchman; and sisters Theresa and Maria Carret in Massachusetts during the 1850s focus on family news, including trips to Dedham, Lynn, Scituate, Watertown, and Wolfsborough.


  • 1849-1888


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Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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14.00 Items (14 folders)

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This collection contains fourteen letters written to Isabel Carret Peirce (1831-1888) of Lincoln, Massachusetts, between 1850 and 1888. Letters written to Isabel from her sister Adeline date from 1870-1888 and describe life on a Cuban sugar plantation during and after the Ten Years War (1868-1878). Letters written to Isabel from her mother, sisters, and aunt in Massachusetts during the 1850s discuss local trips and other family news.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition


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