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|Named Person:||Frances Gage Cousens; Mary Moody Emerson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Daniel Farnham; Anne Maria Lane Gage; Anne Sargent Gage; Homer Gage; Leander Gage; Thomas Hovey Gage; Thomas Hovey Gage, Jr.; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Horace Mann; Elizabeth Palmer Peabody; Wendell Phillips; Daniel Sargent; Lucius M Sargent|
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Among the family correspondence are several extraordinary groups of letters of Anne Sargent Gage, her uncle, Lucius Manlius Sargent (1776-1867), her adoptive aunt, Mary Moody Emerson (1774-1863), and her friend, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894), the Transcendentalist teacher, author, and educational reformer. The letters of Lucius Manlius Sargent illuminate the relationship of Anne Sargent Gage with her natural father, Daniel Sargent, who, upon his remarriage in 1802, changed his daughter's surname to Brewer, sent her to Waterford to be reared by the Lincoln Ripleys, and ceased communicating with her. In 1854, Mrs. Gage sought to learn more about her past and initiated a correspondence with her uncle, who encouraged her to seek financial assistance from Daniel Sargent's legatees. The folders containing Anne Sargent Gage's correspondence concern her close relationship with her children and adoptive parents, for the most part, but there are a few letters written by her to Lucius Manlius Sargent concerning Daniel Sargent.
The letters of Mary Moody Emerson, a noted New England intellectual, refer to her religious convictions, her infirmities, family matters (e.g., her nephew, Ralph Waldo Emerson), books that she read, and her attitude toward the War of 1812 and abolitionism. There are also references to Anne Sargent Gage's ancestry. The letters of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody provide a fascinating look at contemporary attitudes toward slavery, abolitionism, and social scandals in Boston. She makes references to the views of her two brothers-in-law, Horace Mann (1796-1859) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), as well as Wendell Phillips (1811-1884).
The boxes of family correspondence also include letters of Anne Gage's cousin, Daniel Farnham ( - ), concerning family matters and his religious views; professional and family correspondence of Dr. Leander Gage, including letters from his patients and friends; and the correspondence of his children: Thomas Hovey Gage (who wrote to his children, and to his wife, Anne Maria Lane Gage, during his Civil War service as a surgeon); Anne Maria Lane Gage (who wrote to her children while they were in school, especially at Harvard College); Frances Gage Cousens; and Phebe Hovey Gage. There are also diaries of Frances Cousens and Phebe Hovey Gage.
- Cousens, Frances Gage, -- 1823-1904.
- Emerson, Mary Moody, -- 1774-1863.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo, -- 1803-1882.
- Farnham, Daniel.
- Gage, Anne Maria Lane, -- d. 1908.
- Gage, Anne Sargent, -- 1794-1876.
- Gage, Homer, -- 1861-1938.
- Gage, Leander, -- 1792-1842.
- Gage, Thomas Hovey, -- 1826-1909.
- Gage, Thomas Hovey, -- Jr., -- 1865-1938.
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel, -- 1804-1864.
- Mann, Horace, -- 1796-1859.
- Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, -- 1804-1894.
- Phillips, Wendell, -- 1811-1884.
- Sargent, Daniel, -- 1764-1842.
- Sargent, Lucius M. -- (Lucius Manlius), -- 1776-1867.
- Harvard University.
- Children -- Diaries.
- Slavery -- United States.
- Transcendentalism (New England)
- Women -- Correspondence.
- Women -- Diaries.
- Bethel (Me.)
- Boston (Mass.)
- China -- Politics and government.
- Marsovan (Turkey)
- Beijing (China)
- United States -- History -- War of 1812.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Waterford (Me.)
- Worcester (Mass.)