bMS 597

Nathaniel Thayer. Papers, 1798-1844.

Summary Information:

  • Call Number: bMS 597
  • Title: Nathaniel Thayer. Papers, 1798-1844
  • Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-1911
  • Quantity: 1 box (.35 cubic feet).

Administrative Information:

  • Accession Number: 2030423
  • Hollis number: 009118764
  • Preferred Citation: Nathaniel Thayer. Papers, bMS 597, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
  • Acquisition Information: Letters were purchased from Natalie Kassman in April, 2003.
  • Access: There are no restrictions on access to this collection. 

Biographical Information:

Nathaniel Thayer (July 11, 1769-June 23, 1840) was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the son of Rev. Ebenezer Thayer. Nathaniel Thayer's maternal grandfather was the Rev. John Cotton of Newton, MA (b. 1694). Thayer graduated from Harvard College in 1789, and was also a tutor at Harvard from 1792-1793. He married Sarah Toppan on October 22, 1795, and the couple had eight children. Thayer was ordained junior pastor of the church (a Congregational meeting house) in Lancaster, MA on October 9, 1793, and served as minister in Lancaster for forty-seven years.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of twenty-five letters, which are addressed to various members of the Thayer family and their friends and associates. Topics include condolences expressed upon the death of family members, letters seeking Thayer's advice about personal family issues, and other domestic issues.

Container List:

(Note: the number after the slash is the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.)

  • bMS 597/1 (1) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from Aaron Bancroft, June 16th, 1798
  • bMS 597/1 (2) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from E. Bonnemare, August 10, 1801
  • bMS 597/1 (3) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from Aaron Bancroft, October 5, 1803
  • bMS 597/1 (4) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from P.C. Brooks, Boston, June 20, 1810
  • bMS 597/1 (5) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from E.T. Englesby, Burlington, VT, December 5, 1810
  • bMS 597/1 (6) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from Aaron Bancroft, May 21, 1811
  • bMS 597/1 (7) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from B. Pickman, Salem, MA, June 30, 1812
  • bMS 597/1 (8) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from B. Pickman, Salem, MA, June 15, 1813
  • bMS 597/1 (9) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from Nathan Williams, Baltimore, MD, June 1819
  • bMS 597/1 (10) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from Frederick Hobbs, December, 1819
  • bMS 597/1 (11) Letter to Maryann Thayer from ?, Brattleboro, VT, July 19, 1824
  • bMS 597/1 (12) Letter to Maryann Thayer from R. Cleveland, Havana, Cuba, February 5, 1830
  • bMS 597/1 (13) Letter from Nathaniel Thayer, Jr. to his sister Mary Ann Thayer, December 27, 1834
  • bMS 597/1 (14) Letters from Thayer's sister, Catharine Abbott, and his niece Catharine Abbott, expressing condolences on the occasion of the death of Nathaniel Thayer's daughter, Abby, December 27, 1834
  • bMS 597/1 (15) Letter to Mary Ann Thayer from ?, Florence, Alabama, January 12, 1835
  • bMS 597/1 (16) Letter from M.W. Manning to "Miss Thayer," February 26, 1835
  • bMS 597/1 (17) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from his son, Eliot Thayer, April 3, 1836
  • bMS 597/1 (18) Letter to Nathaniel Thayer from his brother? (C.H. Atherton?), December 20, 1839
  • bMS 597/1 (19) Letter from Eliot Thayer to his mother, July 16, 1840
  • bMS 597/1 (20) Letter to Mrs. Sarah Thayer from her sister Abigail Toppax (sp?) January 23, 1843
  • bMS 597/1 (21) Letter from Eliot Thayer to his mother, 1844
  • bMS 597/1 (22) Letter to Mary Ann Thayer from ?, Amherst, MA, May 20th, (yr?)
  • bMS 597/1 (23) Letter to Mary Ann Thayer from her sister Anna? date?
  • bMS 597/1 (24) Letter to Mary Ann Thayer from her brother, date?
  • bMS 597/1 (25) Letter to Marianne from her sister Augusta, April 14, (yr.?)

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