Letter from Edward L. Pierce to Samuel Downer accepting his invitation to the reunion and suggesting others to invite



Letter from Edward L. Pierce to Samuel Downer accepting his invitation to the reunion and suggesting others to invite


In this four-page letter Edward L. Pierce accepts the invitation to attend the Reunion of the Free Soil Party and lists the names of other men he feels should also be invited. Samuel Downer has written the word "Checkd" in the upper left corner of page one of the letter.


Downer, Samuel, 1807-1881
Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881
Claflin, William, 1818-1905
Bird, Francis William, 1809-1894
Hoar, Ebenezer Rockwood, 1816-1895
Stone, James M., 1817-1880
Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904
Pierce, Henry Lillie, 1825-1896
Slack, Charles W. (Charles Wesley), 1825-1885
Russell, Thomas, 1825-1887
Wright, Elizur, 1804-1885
Baldwin, John D. (John Denison), 1809-1883
Thayer, Adin, 1828-1888
Alley, John B. (John Bassett), 1817-1896
Browne, Albert G. (Albert Gallatin), 1805-1885
Dana, Richard Henry, 1815-1882
Phillips, Willard P. (Willard Peele), 1825-190
Hildreth, Henry Orin, 1826-1893
Howe, Estes, 1814-1887
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Morton, Marcus, 1819-1891
Spooner, William Brown, 1806-1880
Winslow, John, 1825-1898
Ellis, Charles M. (Charles Mayo), 1818-1878
Bolles, John A. (John Augustus), 1809-1878
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Dr. Thompson
Robinson, James T., 1822-
Abolition movement
Political parties
Sick persons


Pierce, Edward Lillie, 1829-1897


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1877 July 24


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Boston (Mass.)
Worcester (Mass.)
Lynn (Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)
Dedham (Mass.)
Concord (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Newton (Mass.)
Jamaica Plain (Boston, Mass.)
Adams (Mass.)

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Checkd                                                                                                                         24                                                    Boston 22 July 1877

                                                  82 Devonshire

My Dear Sir

Your favor is received. I shall unless some-thing unforeseen occurs take great pleasure in meeting you on Aug 9.

You have probably made out your list – including I suppose Palfrey, Claflin, Judge Hoar, Bird, James M Stone, + Geo F Hoar

Henry L Pierce, Charles W Slack, Judge Thomas Russell, Elizur Wright. John D Baldwin[?], (Worcester) Adin Thayer, <insertion:(Worcester)> John B Alley, (Lynn) Albert G. Browne (Salem), Richard H Dana Jr, Willard P Phillips (Salem), Henry O Hildreth, <insertion:(Dedham)> Dr. Estes Howe. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Concord), Judge Marcus Morton, William B Spooner, John Winslow, Counsellor[sic] at Law – Liberty Street, NY was a Free Soil speaker living then in Newton. Dr Palfrey will not attend probably – he has been[?] down much of late. 

Charles M Ellis took an active part in those days but lately has dropped out of sight. John A Bolles now of Washington City was also active in 1848. I would add Rev James F Clarke to list. My impression is that Dr Thompson of Jamaica Plain – who was in Salem about 1848 took an a some part, but I cannot say definitely. I am inclined to think [MS smudged] Judge Henry Claflin of Worcester belonged to the old guard but cannot say

I also think that Judge James T Robinson of Adams was in 1848 active in Western Mass.

If you will call some day, I will give you all the information I have.

                Yours truly         

                Edward L Pierce

Physical Dimensions

8" x 10"


Pierce, Edward Lillie, 1829-1897, “Letter from Edward L. Pierce to Samuel Downer accepting his invitation to the reunion and suggesting others to invite,” Hingham Public Library Digital Exhibitions, accessed December 5, 2023, https://hinghampubliclibrary.omeka.net/items/show/22.