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Loring family correspondence

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Loring Family Correspondence

Jane (Loring) Gray to Mary Pierce

Jackson, Susan Mary (Loring) to Pierce, Mary

Miscellaneous



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Loring family correspondence, 1812-1863 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Loring family correspondence, 1812-1863Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Pierce, Mary (1780-1863)

Other Creators: Gray, Jane Lothrop (Loring) (1821-1909), Jackson, Susan Mary (Loring), Loring, Charles Greely (1794-1867)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 4 series:

    1. Loring/Pierce Correspondence

    2. Gray, Jane (Loring) Correspondence

    3. Jackson, Susan (Loring) Correspondence

    4. Miscellaneous

Date Acquired: 09/17/1965

Subjects: Boston (Mass.) - Social life and customs - 19th century, Gray, Jane Loring, 1821-1909, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs, Loring, Charles Greely, 1794-1867, Loring family - Correspondence, Pierce, Mary, 1780-1863

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Loring Family Correspondence consists primarily of letters to and from Mary Pierce. The main correspondents are: Mary Pierce; Anna Pierce Brace, Mary's niece; Charles Greely Loring, Anna's husband; Jane Loring Gray and Susan Loring Jackson, daughters of Charles and Anna, grandnieces of Mary Pierce.

  The Lorings were a prominant family in Boston and in addition to news of the extended families (Cunninghams, Putnams, Jacksons, Grays, & Lowells) and friends, the letters describe life in Boston in the first half of the 19th century.

  Mary Pierce writes to Charles Greely Loring about her niece Anna Brace, family and friends in Litchfield, Conn. from 1815 to 1821.

Biographical Note

Mary Pierce was born in Litchfield, Conn. in August 1780. Her parents were John Pierce and his second wife Mary (Goodwin) Pierce. Mary's sister Sarah (Sally) founded the Litchfield Female Academy. Living her whole life in Litchfield, Mary died on June 22, 1863 and is buried in the East Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

Boston (Mass.) - Social life and customs - 19th century
Gray, Jane Loring, 1821-1909
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs
Loring, Charles Greely, 1794-1867
Loring family - Correspondence
Pierce, Mary, 1780-1863

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Mrs. Barbara W. Noble, 1965.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Appraisal Information: This collection was given to the Litchfield Historical Society because the majority of the letters are to or from  Mary Pierce, who lived in Litchfield, Conn. with her sister Sarah and members of the Brace family.

Related Materials:

Pierce Family Correspondence, Litchfield Historical Society.

Litchfield Female Academy Collection, Litchfield Historical Society.

Photographs/illustrations of James, Mary, and Sarah Pierce; John Pierce  Brace; and Jane (Loring) Gray are in the Portrait Photograph Collection, Litchfield Historical Society.

Papers in other repositories that relate to this collection are:

  Loring, Charles G. (Charles Greely), 1794-1867 Papers - Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

  Loring family papers, 1830-1943 - Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, Radcliffe College.

  Gray, Jane Lathrop Loring, 1821-1909 Papers -  Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University.

For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Publications: The Loring family genealogy may be found in : Pope, Charles Henry. Loring genealogy. Cambridge, MA, Murrary and Emery co., c1917.

Preferred Citation: Loring family correspondence, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Processing Information: Previously, this collection was organized in folders by correspondent. There was no cataloging or finding aid.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Loring Family Correspondence, 1816-1837],
[Series 2: Jane (Loring) Gray to Mary Pierce, 1837-1863],
[Series 3: Jackson, Susan Mary (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1837-1863],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series 2: Jane (Loring) Gray to Mary Pierce, 1837-1863Add to your cart.
Jane (Loring) Gray's letters to her aunt Mary Pierce, who lived in Litchfield, Conn. Jane lived in Boston and was the daughter of Charles Greely Loring and Anna (Brace) Loring.She married Asa Gray in 1848 and lived in The Botanic Garden in Cambridge.
Folder 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1837-1840Add to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston to Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1837Add to your cart.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1840 Jan 29Add to your cart.
News of family, life in Boston, and an account of the "Hauteville affair".
Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1840 Mar 29Add to your cart.
Relates her happiness at the news of her father's engagement [as his 2nd wife] to Mary Ann Putnam.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1840 Apr 23Add to your cart.
Relates her feelings for her mother (Anna Pierce Brace), who had died in 1836, and her responsibilities to her brothers and sister. An added note from Charles Greely Loring inviting Mary to his wedding.
Item 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1830 May 23Add to your cart.
News of the illness of family members, the new house, and upcoming events.
Folder 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1841Add to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston to Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1841 Aug 30Add to your cart.
Describes the family trip from Litchfield, Conn. to Boston and news of her family.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1841 Oct 4Add to your cart.
Description of a storm, news that most of the family has returned to Boston, and other happenings.
Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1841 Nov 5Add to your cart.
News of her father having his portrait painted; social and political events in Boston.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1841 Dec 9Add to your cart.
Describes the fashions and season's balls in Boston.
Folder 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842Add to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston to Mary Pierce in Litchfield (Conn.)
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842 Jan 20Add to your cart.
Family news, sickness in the family, and Dickens in town.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842 May 16Add to your cart.
News of her family, her parents trip to New York, and the engagement of John Putnam to Harriet Upham.
Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842 OctAdd to your cart.
Writes about the family trip to Litchfield and family news. Comments on Mr. Webster's speech.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842 Oct 28Add to your cart.
Describes dining with Mr. Webster and other distinguished guest. Letter continues on Nov. 12th with news of her mother's illness and stillbirth of her baby.
Item 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1842 Nov 24Add to your cart.
Family news and Thanksgiving Day.
Folder 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Jan-MarAdd to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston to Mary Pierce in Litchfield (Conn.)
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Jan 4Add to your cart.
Jane remembers her mother who died 6 years before; news of the family and Christmas.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 FebAdd to your cart.
News of her family, her sister Sue's wedding preparations, a snow storm, attendance at a sewing circle.
Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Mar 1Add to your cart.
Urges Mary to attend her sister Sue's wedding. News of her brother William's travels.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Mar 3Add to your cart.
Hopes to see Mary soon.
Item 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Mar 4Add to your cart.
Expresses regret that Mr. Brace will be leaving the Litchfield parish. Family news and description of a play performed by the young people.
Item 6: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Mar 16Add to your cart.
Announces that her sister Sue's wedding will be in a week. Expresses that she will miss having Sue in the house to talk to.
Item 7: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Mar 26Add to your cart.
Writes of her sorrow that Mary was sick and could not attend the wedding. Describes the wedding and guests.
Folder 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 May-DecAdd to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston to Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 May 1Add to your cart.
Describes moving and the family's new house and invites Mary to come visit.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Jun 12Add to your cart.
Describes the President's visit to Boston and some family news.
Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Sep 12Add to your cart.
Tells of her stay in Hartford, Conn. with a visit to her uncle and using a telescope,  her journey back to Boston, & a visit with Mary Wolcott.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Oct 4Add to your cart.
Family news including family visits and meeting "a real live English Lady" - Lady Colebrook, the wife of the New Brunswick governor.
Item 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1843 Dec 4Add to your cart.
Writes about seeing a play by Shakespeare; describes a large gathering of family for Thanksgiving dinner and activites at Judge Putnam's.
Folder 6: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844Add to your cart.
Letters from Jane Loring in Boston and Lebanon, NY to Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.
Item 1: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 Jan 13Add to your cart.
New of her bout with the flu and a toothache; Mr Peabody's will; and the family Christmas.
Item 2: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 Feb 5Add to your cart.

Describes the harbor being frozen that prevented ships including the Britannia from sailing; workmen cutting a channel in the ice.

Writes of attending parties and the health of family members.

Item 3: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 Apr 6Add to your cart.
News of family, including the Lowells and Peabodys.
Item 4: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 May 6Add to your cart.
Writes of a planned trip to the Catskills and Litchfield; concerns about her father's health. Describes their house and the garden view from her window.
Item 5: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Letter written from Lebanon, NY describing her trip to Catskill, Saratoga and the social life there with many family members.
Item 6: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1844 Sep 5Add to your cart.
Family news.
Folder 7: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1845Add to your cart.

4 letters from Jane Loring - 1 each from Boston and Beverly, Mass. and 2 from Rockland Beach - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

Theses letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane's activities.

Folder 8: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1846Add to your cart.

6 letters from Jane Loring - 2 from Boston and 4 from Beverly, Mass. - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. The Lorings spent the summer in Beverly, Mass.

These letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane's activities.

Folder 9: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1847Add to your cart.

10 letters from Jane Loring - 6 from Boston and 4 from Beverly, Mass. - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

These letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane's activities.

Folder 10: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1848Add to your cart.
2 letters from Jane Loring in Boston and 4 after she was married to Asa Gray when they resided in Cambridge, Mass. at the Botanic Garden. These letters were written to her great-aunt Mary Pierce and contain news of the family, friends, and Jane's activities.
Folder 11: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1849Add to your cart.

5 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray - 1 each from Boston and Beverly, Mass. and 3 from Cambridge, Mass. - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

Theses letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane and Asa's activities.

Folder 12: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1850Add to your cart.

5 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray - 1 from Boston 4 from Cambridge, Mass. - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

Theses letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane and Asa's activities.

Folder 13: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
4 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. Two letter from Cambridge, Mass. and 2 from Europe while Jane and Asa were travelling.
Folder 14: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1852 Jan-MarAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
6 letters Jane wrote from Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. Mary's sister Sarah Pierce died on Jan. 19, 1852 and Jane had been to Litchfield to visit. Also news of family and friends.
Folder 15: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1852 Apr-SepAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
5 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray in Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.These letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane and Asa's activities.
Folder 16: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1852 Oct-DecAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

3 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray in Cambridge, Mass.to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

These letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane and Asa's activities.

Folder 17: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
7 letters from Jane in Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. with news of her family and friends.
Folder 18: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

4 letters from Jane (Loring) Gray - 3 from  Cambridge, Mass. and 1 from Burnside - to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn.

Theses letters contain news of the family, friends, and Jane and Asa's activities.

Folder 19: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1857Add to your cart.
5 letters from Jane in Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. with news of her family and friends.
Subject/Index Terms:
Boston (Mass.) - Social life and customs - 19th century
Folder 20: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1858-1860Add to your cart.
4 letters from Jane in Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. with news of her family, friends, visitors and travels.
Folder 21: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1861-62Add to your cart.
7 letters from Jane in Cambridge, Mass. and 1 from Boston to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. with news of her family, friends, visitors and travels.
Folder 22: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1863Add to your cart.
4 letters from Jane in Cambridge, Mass. to her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. with news of family and friends.  The last one is dated May 8, 1863. Mary died on June 22, 1863
Folder 23: Gray, Jane (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, after 1848Add to your cart.
5 letters Jane wrote to  her great-aunt Mary Pierce in Litchfield, Conn. These letters were written from Cambridge, Mass. which would have been after Jane married Asa Gray in 1848.

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[Series 1: Loring Family Correspondence, 1816-1837],
[Series 2: Jane (Loring) Gray to Mary Pierce, 1837-1863],
[Series 3: Jackson, Susan Mary (Loring) to Pierce, Mary, 1837-1863],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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