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Elizabeth Palmer correspondence with Joseph Pearse Palmer

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Call Number: MS Ch M.2.2. pt. 3

Scope and Contents

The subjects of the 20 letters in this collection written between 1771 and 1785 by Elizabeth Palmer to her husband Joseph Pearse Palmer range from her doubts of ever being happy with him, her concerns about the family’s finances, and her desire to have the problem between John Hancock and Palmer’s father, General Joseph Palmer, resolved.


  • 1771-1785


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Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Elizabeth Hunt Palmer (1755-1838) was born in 1755 in Watertown, Massachusetts. She married Joseph Pearse Palmer (1750-1797), who participated in the Boston Tea Party and fought in the Revolutionary War. Palmer was the grandmother of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894), Mary Tyler Peabody (1806-1887), and Sophia Hawthorne (1809-1871).


19.00 Items

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Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Boston Public Library to Mellen Chamberlain in 1893.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.
Elizabeth Palmer correspondence with Joseph Pearse Palmer
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Revision Statements

  • 2014: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, 2014.

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