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Letters to Isabella Carret Peirce

 Collection — Container: MS 3869
Call Number: MS 3869

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 14 letters written to Isabel Carret Peirce (1831-1888) of Lincoln, Massachusetts, from 1850-1888. Eight of the letters were written by her sister Adeline Carret between 1874 and 1880 and document life on the Carret family sugar plantation near Trinidad, Cuba during and immediately after the Ten Years War. The letters describe the dangers faced by the family, including looting and burning of local towns and plantations by bands of insurgents as well as 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 also frequently described, as are the mounting debts of the Carret plantation and the imminent abolition of slavery in Cuba. The six letters written by Isabel’s mother, Eliza H. Carret; aunt, E. H. Henchman; and sisters, Theresa and Maria Carret in Massachusetts during the 1850's, focus on family news, including trips to Dedham, Lynn, Scituate, Watertown, and Wolfsborough.


  • 1849-1888


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14 Items (14 folders)

Language of Materials



The letters are arranged alphabetically by sender's last name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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Former Title

Collection formerly known as Isabel Carret Peirce Correspondence.

Guide to the Letters to Isabella Carret Peirce
Lauren Pey
2011 November
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Revision Statements

  • 2023-02-15: To comply with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) Version 2019.0.3, Crystal Rodgers, Archivist, adjusted the following field(s): title, finding aid filing title, finding aid date, finding aid author, scope and contents note, arrangement note, processing information note, and preferred citation, and created the following field(s): EAD ID.

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