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Moses Grant, Jr. Correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Call Number: MS Ch. M.2.2, pt. 2

Scope and Contents

This collection, dating from 1812-1862, documents the business relationships of Moses Grant, Jr., his role in the temperance movement, and his philanthropic endeavors. Letters concerning Grant’s paper business describe debts paid and owed and forthcoming paper orders. Other papers in the collection concern the temperance movement in Boston, in which Grant was very involved.  These consist of transcripts of speeches made at temperance meetings, pleas made to the Suffolk Board of Trade, printed materials about temperance lectures, and Grant’s own testimony at a temperance law hearing. Also included is material that documents Grant’s involvement in many different organizations, including the Brattle Street Church, the Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys, and the Howard Benevolent Society. Of particular note are two letters from Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848), a wealthy Boston politician who corresponded with Grant about donating money to the poor.


  • 1812-1862
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1893


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Biographical / Historical

Moses Grant, Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1785. His father, Moses Grant Sr., an upholsterer and wallpaper dealer, was one of the revolutionaries involved in the Boston Tea Party in 1773.  Grant joined his father’s business after graduating from Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.  After the death of his father, he went into business with his son-in-law as paper dealers and changed the name of the company to Grant & Daniell.  The company name changed again to Grant, Warren & Co. after his son-in-law left the company.

Moses Grant, Jr. was a member of the Common Council (superseded by the Boston City Council) from 1835-1842, a member of the Board of Aldermen from 1848-1851, and a member of the Primary School Committee from 1819-1835.  He also served as a Deacon at the Brattle Street Church.

In addition, Grant was involved in several philanthropic societies.  He was a founder of the Massachusetts Bible Society and was president of the Howard Benevolent Society, the Society for the Prevention of Pauperism, and the Home for Aged Men as well as vice president of the Home for Aged Women.  He also performed many roles on the board of directors of the Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys.  He died in 1861.


47.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Mellen Chamberlain

Method of Acquisition


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Finding aid written by Caitlin Culbertson in April 2015.

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