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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Ward and Sewall Family Trees
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Indexing: Subjects: People
  • Indexing: Added Entries
  • Indexing: Subjects

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Thoreau and Sewall Families Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1790-1917
    Bulk dates: 1831-1876
    Collection Number: mssHM 64835-64969
    Extent: 135 pieces.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts chiefly of the Sewall family of Massachusetts in the 19th century. However, there is also correspondence from the the Ward family and members of the family of author Henry David Thoreau, as well as a scrapbook of the Thoreau family.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Thoreau and Sewall Families Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Grace Davenport, July 17, 1991.

    Removed or Separated Material

    Five unlabeled ambrotypes depicting two girls, a boy, a woman, and a man were moved to Photo Archives on September 23, 2002, and assigned call numbers: photDAG 149-153. They may be images of Joseph Osgood (adult male), Elizabeth Osgood (older female child), Joseph Osgood (male child), Ellen Devereux Osgood (younger female child), and possibly Caroline Ward Sewall or Ellen Sewall Osgood (adult female).

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    Biographical Note

    Ellen Devereux (Sewall) Osgood was born on March 10, 1822, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, to Edmund Quincy and Caroline (Ward) Sewall. Edmund Sewall was a Unitarian minister in Scituate, Massachusetts, for seventeen years. In 1842, Ellen met Reverend Joseph Osgood, born on September 23, 1815, to Dr. Joseph Otis and Elizabeth (Fogg) Osgood in Kensington, New Hampshire. They married on May 20, 1844. Rev. Joseph Osgood, like Ellen’s father, was a Unitarian minister, who served fifty-five years as the pastor at the First Unitarian Church of Cohasset. Ellen and Joseph had ten children: Caroline Ward, born in 1845 but died the same year due to accidentally smothering in her bedding when no one was watching; Elizabeth, who married George Lyman Davenport and had George L. Davenport, who maintained this collection; Joseph Otis; Edmund Quincy Sewall; George; Ellen Devereux; Mary Fogg; William Sherburne; Frances Parsons; and Louise Lovett, who helped her sister Elizabeth write the article about their mother and Henry David Thoreau. Ellen died on December 8, 1892 and Joseph died on August 2, 1898.
    Ellen’s parents were both descended from two of the original founding families of Massachusetts. Caroline (Ward) Sewall was sixth generation of William Ward. William Ward moved to New England in 1638 from England with his second wife, Elizabeth, and his first five children of the eventual thirteen children. He helped to found Sudbury, Massachusetts. His eldest son, John, settled in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife Hannah Jackson and was the first representative of the new township in 1679 at the General Court. Joseph (1), the youngest of thirteen children, born November 15, 1677, married Esther Kenrick and had nine children. Their third child was Joseph (2) born on September 21, 1706 who married Experience Stone and had twelve children. Joseph (2) was a deacon at the West Parish Church and a blacksmith. Joseph (3), the second son of Joseph (2) and Experience, was born on July 2, 1737. He married Prudence Bird and had eight children. Joseph (3) was a schoolteacher before the Revolutionary War. During the war, he was the secretary and aide-de-camp to both General Heath and a distant cousin General Artemis Ward. He eventually became Colonel of the General-Commissary of the Musters. On November 26, 1778, he was taken prisoner by the British. After his release and retirement from the military, he became a realtor and stockbroker. Joseph and Prudence’s last daughter was Caroline Ward who married Edmund Quincy Sewall on August 23, 1820, and had three children: Ellen Devereux, Edmund Quincy, and George Ward.
    Edmund Quincy Sewall is a descendent of Henry Sewall (3) who came to New England in 1634. Henry’s (3) grandfather, Henry (1), was a mayor of Coventry, England. Henry Sewall (2) did not agree with the English politics and had his son and family to move to New England with him in 1634. Henry (3) came with his wife Jane Dummer and his first five of their eight children, including a nine-year-old Samuel Sewall (1). Samuel Sewall (1) married Hannah Hull and had fourteen children. He was a Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Court and presided over the Salem witch trials. Only six of his fourteen children survived beyond childhood and only the two sons lived into their seventies. One of the sons was Joseph Sewall who married Elizabeth Walley. They only had one child that lived into adulthood, Samuel Sewall (2). Joseph was pastor of the Old South Church of Boston. His son Samuel (2) married Elizabeth Quincy and had seven children. Samuel (2) was a merchant and a deacon at his father’s church, Old South Church. Samuel son, Samuel (3), followed in his great- grandfather’s footsteps and became a Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Court. Samuel (3) married Abigail Devereux and had nine children, the seventh child being Edmund Quincy Sewall. It is through this ancestor that Ellen is related to Louisa May Alcott, her second cousin. Samuel’s (3) sister Dorothy married Colonel Joseph May and had a daughter Abigail May. Abigail married Amos Bronson Alcott and had Louisa May Alcott.
    After Col. Joseph Ward’s death, Prudence Bird Ward and her daughters become close friends with the Thoreau family, especially Mrs. Cynthia Thoreau (Henry David Thoreau’s mother), and Misses Elizabeth, Jane, and Maria Thoreau (Henry David Thoreau’s aunts). It was Maria Thoreau who, in 1817, introduced Caroline Ward to Edmund Quincy Sewall. In 1833, Mrs. Ward and her daughter, Prudence, moved to Concord and lived in a house owned by John Thoreau, Sr. (Henry David Thoreau’s father). They lived there until Mrs. Ward’s death in 1844. In 1836, Caroline brought her daughter Ellen to visit her grandmother, aunt and the Thoreaus. Caroline took her son Edmund on a similar trip in 1839. It was this same year that Ellen (age 17) paid another visit by herself. She attracted the attention of both John Thoreau, Jr. and Henry David Thoreau. Both John and Henry corresponded with Ellen as well as sent her other items. Henry sent her poems and John sent her crystals and stones for her mineral specimen box. In 1840, Edmund became a pupil at the Thoreau school. In July 1840, John proposed to Ellen. She initially accepted, but eventually declined due to her father’s wishes and because she was concerned for her father’s health. In November of the same year, Henry also proposed to Ellen. Since she declined John, she had to decline Henry. Years later, she told her daughters, Elizabeth and Louise, that she regretted accepting John’s proposal since she cared more for Henry. Henry told his sister, Sophia, on his deathbed that he never got over his love for Ellen. Ellen remained close to Sophia Thoreau. They wrote often until Sophia’s death in 1876. Just before her death, Sophia sent Ellen a scrapbook that had been started by John, then was used by Henry after John’s death, and was continued to be used by Sophia after Henry’s death. Ellen’s aunt, Prudence, was a close confidante to Maria Thoreau, which continued for years even after Prudence left Concord in 1844. Prudence Ward died on June 2, 1874 and Maria Thoreau died in 1881.
    Note: The numbers in parentheses following the names in the Biographical Note refer to the numbered names in the family trees.

    Ward and Sewall Family Trees

    Bibliography

    Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1935).
    Graham, Judith S. Puritan Family Life: The Diary of Samuel Sewall (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000).
    Harding, Walter Roy, 1917-. “Henry Thoreau and Ellen Sewall,” The South Atlantic Quarterly, 64 no. 1 (Winter 1965): 100-109.
    Martyn, Charles. The William Ward Genealogy: The History of the Descendants of William Ward of Sudbury, Mass., 1638-1925 (New York: Artemas Ward, 1925).
    The National Cyclopedia of American Biography.
    Tiffany, Nina Moore. Samuel E. Sewall: A Memoir (Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1898).

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts chiefly of the Sewall family of Massachusetts in the 19th century. However, there is also correspondence from the the Ward family and members of the family of author Henry David Thoreau, as well as a scrapbook of the Thoreau family. The correspondence covers the years of 1790-1876, with the majority between 1831 and 1876. The majority of the correspondence is to or from Ellen Sewall Osgood, who wrote mostly to her mother Caroline Ward Sewall and received most of her correspondence (within this collection) from Sophia Thoreau. However, there is also correspondence from the Sewall family, the Ward family, and the Thoreau family. Several letters, within this collection, make references to Henry David Thoreau, John Thoreau, Jr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Amos Bronson Alcott.
    The collection also contains a scrapbook kept by several members of the Thoreau family. It was first kept by John Thoreau, Jr. and contains poems written by John, poems by other authors copied by John into the journal, photographs, hair fob, and a poem by Henry David Thoreau to his brother. The scrapbook was then turned over and started in the opposite direction as a dedication to Henry David Thoreau, after his death. Sophia Thoreau continued to add to the scrapbook until just before her death, at which point she sent it to Ellen Sewall Osgood. Ellen added to the contents as did her daughter, Elizabeth Osgood Davenport. This side contains letters and newspaper clippings about Henry, after his death, and the Thoreau family.
    There is a rock labeled opal that was sent to Ellen Sewall Osgood by John Thoreau. This opal is mentioned in the letter from John Thoreau to Ellen’s brother, George, on Dec. 31, 1839 (HM 64928).
    The last item is a three-ring binder. It contains photocopies of typed transcriptions of the letters and manuscripts in the collection. There is a brief introduction written by George Lyman Davenport, Jr., Ellen’s grandson by her daughter, Elizabeth. It has a table of contents for the Thoreau scrapbook. It also has a brief family tree for both the Sewall and Ward family showing only the direct ancestors of Ellen Sewall Osgood. However, the family trees end with Ellen’s generation. The transcriptions are not in chronological order, but remain in the order arranged by Mr. Davenport. Some of the items mentioned in Mr. Davenport’s introduction (the mineral specimen box and the seven-volume set of Thoreau’s works) are not a part of this collection.

    Arrangement

    The correspondence and manuscripts are arranged together alphabetically, followed by the scrapbook, ephemera, binder, and oversized material.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888.
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871.
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall.
    Osgood, Joseph, 1815-1898.
    Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917.
    Sewall, Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1796-1866.
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842.
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881.
    Thoreau, Sophia E.

    Forms/Genres

    Diaries -- United States -- 19th century.
    Family papers -- United States -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century.
    Manuscripts for publication -- United States -- 19th century.
    Scrapbooks -- United States -- 19th century.
    Photographs -- United States -- 19th century.
    Ephemera -- United States -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Alcott, May.
    Davenport, Elizabeth Osgood, b. 1846.
    Frost, Barzillai, 1804-1858.
    Koopman, Louise Osgood.
    Marston, John, 1796-1885.
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871.
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall.
    Osgood, Joseph, 1815-1898.
    Ricketson, Daniel, 1813-1898.
    Sewall, Caroline Ward, 1797-1867.
    Sewall, Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1796-1866.
    Sewall, Samuel, 1757-1814.
    Sewall, Samuel E. (Samuel Edmund), 1799-1888.
    Thoreau, Helen L. (Helen Louisa), 1812-1849, correspondent.
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842.
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881.
    Thoreau, Sophia E.
    Ward, Joseph, 1737-1812.
    Ward, Prudence, 1795-1874.
    Ward, Prudence Bird, 1765-1844, correspondent.

    Indexing: Subjects: People

    Alcott, Abba May, 1800-1877. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, July 27. HM 64943
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall and Edmund Q. Sewall, 1839, Sept. 26. HM 64881
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Sept. 29. HM 64887
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1842, Dec. 10. HM 64897
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, 1843, Jan. 25. HM 64912
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1868, Dec. 20. HM 64939
    Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1870, July 13. HM 64947
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. In May Alcott, letter to Sophia E. Thoreau, 1870, Mar. 29. HM 64837
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, Feb. 23. HM 64940
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, July 27. HM 64943
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1870, June 30. HM 64946
    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1870, July 13. HM 64947
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In E.Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1840, Apr. 10. HM 64922
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1847, Sept. 25. HM 64931
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Apr. 4. HM 64934
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, May 1. HM 64935
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1850, Jan. 16. HM 64938
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1868, Dec. 20. HM 64939
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1870, July 13. HM 64947
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1876, May 8. HM 64951
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Sophia Thoreau, incomplete letter to Prudence Ward, c. 1870. HM 64952
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Prudence Ward, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1837, Sept. 25. HM 64965
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. In Prudence Ward, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1847, Feb. 26. HM 64966
    Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Dec. 26. HM 64889
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Sept. 29. HM 64887
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 23. HM 64888
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Dec. 26. HM 64889
    May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1843, May 18. HM 64898
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Elizabeth Osgood Davenport and Louise Osgood Koopman, “Henry D. Thoreau, 1839-1840,” 1917, Oct. HM 64835
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Elizabeth Osgood Davenport or Louise Osgood Koopman, Notes for “Henry D. Thoreau, 1839-1840,” c. 1917. HM 64836
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 8. HM 64916
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In John Thoreau, letter to George Sewall, 1839, Dec. 31. HM 64928
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1847, Sept. 25. HM 64931
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Feb. 28. HM 64932
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. In Prudence Ward, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1831. HM 64963
    Osgood, Joseph, 1815-1898. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1842, Dec. 10. HM 64897
    Osgood, Joseph, 1815-1898. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1843, May 18. HM 64898
    Ricketson, Daniel, 1813-1898. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1871, May 8. HM 64948
    Sanborn, F.B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, Mar. 11. HM 64941
    Sewall, Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1796-1866. In Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Nov. 14. HM 64918
    Sewall, Henry D. (Henry Devereux), 1786-1845. In Abigail Devereux Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1824, Feb. 24. HM 64905
    Sewall, Lydia Maria, 1791-1822. In Abigail Devereux Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, 1824, Feb. 24. HM 64905
    Thoreau, Cynthia D. (Cynthia Dunbar), 1787-1872. In Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, 1843, Jan. 25. HM 64912
    Thoreau, Elizabeth Orrok, 1782-1839. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 23. HM 64888
    Thoreau, Helen L. (Helen Louisa), 1812-1849. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, May 1. HM 64935
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, Extract of “Diary,” 1841. HM 64843
    Thoreau, Henry, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Edmund Q. Sewall, 1839, July 31. HM 64873
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Dec. 26. HM 64889
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Jan. 21. HM 64890
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Feb. 12. HM 64891
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Oct. 26. HM 64893
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Nov. 18. HM 64894
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1853, Jan. 4. HM 64900
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Daniel Ricketson, letter to Sophia E. Thoreau, 1862, May 13. HM 64904
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, 1843, Jan. 25. HM 64912
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In John Thoreau, letter to Helen L. (Helen Louisa) Thoreau, 1836, June 24. HM 64929
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1847, Sept. 25. HM 64931
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Feb. 28. HM 64932
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Mar. 15. HM 64933
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, May 1. HM 64935
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Nov. 15. HM 64936
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Dec. 17. HM 64937
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1850, Jan. 16. HM 64938
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1868, Dec. 20. HM 64939
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, Mar. 11. HM 64941
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, July 8. HM 64942
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1869, Dec. 14. HM 64945
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1870, July 13. HM 64947
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1871, May 8. HM 64948
    Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. In Prudence Ward, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1847, Feb. 26. HM 64966
    Thoreau, Jane, 1784-1864. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 23. HM 64888
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Elizabeth Osgood Davenport and Louise Osgood Koopman, “Henry D. Thoreau, 1839-1840,” 1917, Oct. HM 64835
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Elizabeth Osgood Davenport or Louise Osgood Koopman, Notes for “Henry D. Thoreau, 1839-1840,” c. 1917. HM 64836
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In John Marston, letter to Helen L. (Helen Louisa) Thoreau and Sophia E. Thoreau, 1842, Jan. 27. HM 64839
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, Extract of “Diary,” 1841. HM 64843
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Edmund Q. Sewall, 1839, July 31. HM 64873
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Sept. 29. HM 64887
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Dec. 26. HM 64889
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Jan. 21. HM 64890
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Feb. 12. HM 64891
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Aug. 25. HM 64892
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In E.Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1840, Apr. 10. HM 64922
    Thoreau, John, 1815-1842. In Sophia Thoreau, letter to Ellen Sewall Osgood, 1868, Dec. 20. HM 64939
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, Extract of “Diary,” 1841. HM 64843
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 23. HM 64888
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1843, May 18. HM 64898
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1853, Jan. 4. HM 64900
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Daniel Ricketson, letter to Sophia E. Thoreau, 1862, May 12. HM 64904
    Thoreau, Maria, 1794-1881. In Prudence Ward, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1847, Feb. 26. HM 64966
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, “Diary,” c. 1832, May 31-July 15. HM 64842
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Nov. 23. HM 64888
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1840, Aug. 25. HM 64892
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1843, May 18. HM 64898
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1853, Jan. 4. HM 64900
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1847, Sept. 25. HM 64931
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Feb. 28. HM 64932
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, May 1. HM 64935
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Nov. 15. HM 64936
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, Dec. 17. HM 64937
    Thoreau, Sophia E. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1850, Jan. 16. HM 64938
    Ward, Prudence Bird, 1765-1844. In Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1844, Feb. 6. HM 64921
    Ware, Henry, 1794-1843. In Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Edmund Q. Sewall, 1835, Feb. 13. HM 64871

    Indexing: Added Entries

    Greele, Samuel. Note to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall. On Caroline Ward Sewall, letter to Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall, 1822, Aug. 24. HM 64909
    Marston, Louisa. Note to Helen L. (Helen Louisa) Thoreau and Sophia E. Thoreau. On John Marston, letter to Helen L. (Helen Louisa) Thoreau and Sophia E. Thoreau, 1842, Jan. 27. HM 64839
    Osgood, Ellen Sewall. Note sent to E. Q. (Edmund Quincy) Sewall. On Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1835, Sept. 10. HM 64846
    Sewall, Edmund Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1796-1866. Handwritten note. On Samuel Sewall, letter to Abigail Devereux Sewall, 1814, June 3. HM 64925
    Sewall, E.Q. (Edmund Quincy), 1828-1908. Note to Prudence Ward. On Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Prudence Ward, 1839, Sept. 29. HM 64887
    Wood, E.A. Note sent to Caroline Ward Sewall. On Ellen Sewall Osgood, letter to Caroline Ward Sewall, 1834, June 21. HM 64845

    Indexing: Subjects

    Electricity—Early works to 1850. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1849, May 1. HM 64935
    The Home Journal. In Maria Thoreau, letter to Prudence Ward, 1850, Jan. 16. HM 64938
    Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.). In Caroline Sewall, “Diary,” 1839, Sept. 16-28. HM 64907
    U.S. Congress—History. In Joseph Ward, letter to Prudence Bird Ward, 1798, Mar. 13. HM 64960
    U.S. Congress—History. In Joseph Ward, letter to Prudence Bird Ward, 1798, Mar. 19. HM 64961
    United States—History—1799-1801. In Joseph Ward, letter to Prudence Bird Ward, 1798, Mar. 19. HM 64961