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Summaries of Letters Written to Banister, 1822-1872

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click to view1822 May 16 
Emerson, Joseph. Saugus, Mass. 
Offers Grant a salary of $3.00 a week 
for the first year of her teaching, $3.50 
for the second, and $4.00 for the third. 
2 pp. 
click to view1823 Feb. 21 

Emerson, Joseph. Saugus, Mass. 
Abigail is leaving and Miss Grant is urged 
to come as soon as possible. Board can be 
arranged for the young ladies who are coming. 
The school will be small next year. 
2 pp. 
click to view1824 Aug. 3 

Sawyer, Sophia. Brainerd, GA. 
Envies Grant the joys of civilized society 
but realizes her own happiness and the Lord's 
goodness in preparing her for this place. Her 
work at the school and her visits among the 
Indians. Descriptions of the country. 
4 pp. 
click to view1826 July 25 

Lyon, Mary. Derry, N.H. 
Report of the time devoted to religious instruction 
of pupils at Adams Female Academy. Includes transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 1. 
3 pp. 
click to view[1826?] July 25 

Pettengill, Lucy (Pettengill). Derry, N.H. 
Has given no religious instruction to the 
young ladies at Adams Female Academy during 
the past ten days, but it was by no means 
because she does not approve of doing so. 
1 p. 
click to view1826 July 25 

Lemist, Ann E. Derry, N.H. 
Time spent on religious instruction at 
Adams Female Academy. 
1 p. 
click to view1826 July 26 

Lemist, Ann E. Derry, N.H. 
Time spent in religious instruction and 
difficulty of counting this time at Adams 
Female Academy. Apology for small amount of 
time spent and resolution to do better. 
3 pp. 

click to view1827 Feb. 28 
Lyon, Mary. Ashfield, Mass. 
Expresses affection for Grant and discusses 
her school in Ashfield. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 1. 
4 pp. 
click to view1827 July 16 

Woods, L. V. A. Andover, Mass. 
Sympathizes with Grant's illness and recommends 
that she accept it as a sign of God's goodness. 
3 pp. 
click to view[1830][Feb.?] 

Franklin Association. 
Invitation to Grant and Mary Lyon to 
establish a school in Franklin County, Mass. 
2 pp. 
click to view1831 Jan. 22 

Greenleaf, Jonathan. Boston, Mass. 
Mr. Abbot has given him twenty dollars from 
the pupils of Ipswich Female Seminary to 
constitute Grant a life member of the Seaman's 
Friend Society. Will send her an annual report 
of the Society. 
1 p. 
click to view1832 June 8 

Cutter, Hannah. Braintree, Mass. 
Describes her school at Braintree and her 
desire for another position in August. 
2 pp. 
click to view[1832][June 21?] 

Caldwell, Eunice. 
Will not commence till Monday, in case 
Grant wants to study it too [reference not explained]. 
Fragment added to letter to Grant from Mary 
Lyon (next item). 
Ms. and transcript. 
1 p. 
click to view[1832] [June 21] 

Lyon, Mary. 
Wants to go to Dedham after Mary and Maria have been. 
Fragments of other sentences. 
Bottom fragment to Hannah White. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 2. 
2 pp. 
click to view1832 July 21 

Emerson, Joseph. Boston, Mass. 
Suggests "two or three hints in the form of advice." 
3 pp. 
click to view[1832] [Nov. 2?] 

Caldwell, Eunice. Ipswich, Mass.? 
Discusses religious instruction at Ipswich 
Female Seminary, the arrival of new scholars, 
and the need for more of them. 
On verso of letter to Grant from Mary Lyon (next item). 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 2. 
1 p. 
click to view[1832] [Nov. 2] 

Lyon, Mary. Ipswich, Mass.? 
Has been having difficulties arranging for 
boarding of students attending Ipswich Female Seminary. 
Fragment; parts of text missing. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 2. 
2 pp. 
click to view[1833?] 

Lyon, Mary. 
A plan of the chambers [in Mount Holyoke 
Female Seminary?] should be presented to the 
trustees at their next meeting. Plans and 
dimensions of the building. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 3 
2 pp. 
click to view[1833] [Aug.] 

Abbott, Jacob. Boston, Mass.? 
Is sending her a copy of his magazine, to 
which he hopes that the "Ipswich circle" will 
contribute. Will Grant do some articles on the 
conduct of sabbath school classes? 
4 pp. 
click to view1833 Sept. 18 

Stuart, Mary E. Mackinaw, [Mackinac Island], Mich. 
Discusses her work as a missionary and 
teacher; describes conflicts with Catholic 
missionaries to the Indians on the Island. 
Transcript only. 
3 pp. 
click to view[1834?] May 11 

Lyon, Mary. 
Miss Washburn will leave tomorrow morning. 
Mr. Ceveland is coming to Albany. Lyon would 
like to have the circular of Oberlin Institute 
if Grant does not want it. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 4. 
1 p. 
click to view1834 May 12 

Hubbard, Samuel. Boston, Mass. 
To William Brown, Auburn, N.Y., by Grant. 
Miss Grant is traveling in the Western 
Country accompanied by some young ladies, 
including Hubbard's daughters, Eliza and Joanna. 
Any attention to them will be appreciated. 
1 p. 
click to view1835 Apr. 19 

Joy, Susan L. Ipswich, Mass. 
Wants to remain at Ipswich Female Seminary, but 
needs financial assistance. 
2 pp. 
click to view1835 Aug. 25 

Whiting, Jane. Bethel, VT. 
Is sending thirty dollars of her debt to 
the Society for the Education of Females. 
Will send the rest the following year. Has 
been offered another position as a teacher. 
2 pp. 
click to view1835 Oct. 16 

Merritt, Emeline. Weymouth, Mass. 
Would like to borrow money to continue her education. 
1 p. 
click to view1835 Oct. 27 

Lyon, Mary. Norton, Mass. 
Asks for the Lord's help with the new 
institution being planned and Grant's plans. 
Suggests sending students that Ispwich Female 
Seminary cannot accomodate to Wheaton Seminary 
to fill existing vacancies. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 7 
4 pp. 
click to view1835 Nov. 9 

Merritt, Emeline. Ipswich, Mass. 
Has been encouraged to borrow money to 
continue her education. Discusses her poor 
health and greatest faults. 
3 pp. 
click to view[1835] [Nov. 26?] 

Lyon, Mary. Amherst, Mass. 
Discusses details relating to establishing 
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 7. 
2 pp. 
click to view1835 Nov. 28 

Potter, William. Cherokee Nation, Creek Path, Ala. 
Asks Grant to send information about Ipswich 
Female Seminary to Richard Fields, a Cherokee 
Indian who wishes his daughter to attend the 
school. Mentions visit to Maria Brooks' school 
in Tuscaloosa. 
4 pp. 
click to view1836 Feb. 5

Fields, Richard. Washington City [D.C.] 
Thanks Grant for her letter; plans to send 
his daughter to Ispwich Female Seminary in May. 
2 pp. 
click to view1836 Mar. 24 

Gibson, Anna M. Ipswich, Mass.? 
Needs clothing, traveling expenses, and spending money. 
2 pp. 
click to view1836 Apr. 2 

Crosby, Sophronia. Ipswich, Mass. 
Will be unable to finish her education at 
Ipswich Female Seminary unless she can borrow money. 
2 pp. 
click to view1836 Apr. 21 

Dale, James W. Philadelphia, PA. 
On the death of Martha Lord, who was to marry him.
Will still be a missionary. 
4 pp. 

click to view1836 July 18 
Lyon, Mary. Norton, Mass. 
Discusses visit to Ipswich and proposed sites 
for Seminary Building at Mount Holyoke. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 8. 
4 pp. 
click to view1836 July 20 

Smith, Mary D. Ipswich, Mass. 
Asks for financial assistance from the 
Society for the Education of Females to 
continue her education and become a teacher. 
1 p. 
click to view1836 July 29 

Heard, George W. Boston, Mass. 
Delay in raising money for the Society for the 
Education of Females. 
3 pp. 
click to view1836 Aug. 31 

Crosby, Elmira. Ipswich, Mass. 
Wants to become a teacher and then a missionary; 
would like to borrow money for her education. 
1 p. 
click to view1836 Sept. 6 

Heard, George W. Boston, Mass. 
Regarding the report to Mr. Banister about 
Ipswich Female Seminary, which Grant is to write. 
2 pp. 
click to view1836 Sept. 14 

Fields, Richard. Philadelphia, PA. 
Thanks Grant for his pleasant visit to Ipswich; 
discusses plans for his daughter's education. 
2 pp. 
click to view1836 Oct. 9 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Discusses her plans and activities; describes laying 
of the cornerstone for Seminary Building at Mount 
Holyoke; and expresses her hopes for the school. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 8. 
4 pp. 

click to view1836 Oct. 25 
Lyon, Mary. Boston, Mass. 
Discusses uncertainty about her plans; her hopes of coming 
to Ipswich; an expected meeting with Mr. Hawks; and the 
possibility of a fund raising drive in Boston. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 8. 
4 pp. 
click to view1836 Nov. 8 

Chapin, Abiah. Ipswich, Mass. 
Has been teaching in Edwardsville, Ill. Would like to borrow 
money to return for further study at Ipswich Female Seminary. 
3 pp. 
click to view1836 Nov. 16 

Lyon, Mary. Granby, Mass. 
Asks for eighty dollars due to her from Grant 
and describes her activities. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 8. 
3 pp. 
click to view1837 Feb. 8 

Smith, Mary D. Putnam, Ohio 
Is returning some of the money borrowed from 
the Society for the Education of Females. 
Discusses her hopes for teachers from Ipswich 
Female Seminary who come West. 
2 pp. 
click to view1837 Feb. 22 

Worcester, Samuel M. Salem, Mass. 
Discusses a lecture which he gave at Ipswich Female 
Seminary and gives his impressions of the school. 
3 pp. 
click to view1837 Feb. 23 

Joy, Susan L. Williamsburg, Mass. 
Is glad to repay the rest of her debt to the Society 
for the Education of Females. Describes her school. 
1 p. 
click to view[1837] [Mar. 13?] 

Lyon, Mary. Boston, Mass. 
Describes meeting at Deacon Safford's house. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 9. 
2 pp. 
click to view1837 Mar. 17 

Burnham, Harriet. Ipswich, Mass. 
Wants to devote her life to teaching and 
would receive aid from the Society for the 
Education of Females with the deepest gratitude. 
2 pp. 
click to view1837 Mar. 17 

Lyon, Mary. Boston, Mass. 
Discusses fund-raising in Boston for Mount Holyoke Female 
Seminary and Eunice Caldwell's plans to come to the school. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 9. 
2 pp. 
click to view1837 Mar 29 

Linsley, Mary M. Ipswich, Mass. 
Her wish to obtain an education and become a missionary. 
3 pp. 

click to view1837 Apr. 8 
Post, Flora. Hartford, Conn. 
Can send fifty dollars toward payment of her debt with 
the Society for the Education of Females. Taught in 
Essex, Conn., during the summer, but is now teaching 
in a difficult school with city children who are hard to manage. 
3 pp. 
click to view1837 July 20 

Crosby, Sophronia. South Hanover, IN. 
Is sending fifty dollars toward her debt. 
Describes the young ladies' school in Hanover. 
3 pp. 

click to view1837 July 25 
Crosby, Sophronia. South Hanover, IN. 
Discusses the young ladies' school in Hanover and the religous 
state of its students. A note to "Miss Sherrill" is included on 
pages 1-3 of this letter. 
4 pp. 
click to view1837 Sept. 14 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Would like to borrow money. Comments on her health 
and on plans to open Mount Holyoke Female Seminary on 
November 8. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 10. 
4 pp. 
click to view1837 Nov. 27 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
"My present cares are almost overwhelming, but my 
perplexities are not greater than I ought to 
expect, and I am surrounded by daily blessings." 
Transcript only. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 10. 
1 p. 
click to view1837 Dec. 1 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Has received the note for six hundred dollars. 
Discusses activities during first month after 
opening of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 10. 
2 pp. 
click to view1837 Dec. 8 

Burnham, Susan. Ipswich, Mass. 
Wants to borrow money from the Society for 
the Education of Females so that she may devote 
her life to teaching. 
1 p. 
click to view1837 Dec. 11 

Barker, Angeline H. Ipswich, Mass. 
Asks for money from the Society for the 
Education of Females because she wants to 
become a teacher. 
1 p. 
click to view[1838] Jan. 29 

Hilliard, Alta L. G. St. Clairsville, Ohio 
Thanks Grant for a loan; describes the expenses of 
her journey to Ohio and her work as a teacher. 
3 pp. 
click to view1838 Apr. 3 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
"This is the changeableness of earth. How 
transitory is every thing here." 
Transcript only. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 11. 
1 p. 
click to view1838 Apr. 13 

Crosby, Sophronia. Hanover, IN. 
Hopes to repay more of her debt soon. 
Comments on her work as a teacher and asks for 
advice about becoming a missionary. 
4 pp. 
click to view1838 May 12 

Cone, Mary. Alton, Ill. 
Describes her work as a teacher, her ill health, 
and her plans to live with relatives in Tennessee. 
3 pp. 
click to view1838 June 1 

Merritt, Emeline. South Weymouth, Mass. 
Is sending a small sum toward payment of her debt. 
Has an interesting school of young ladies. 
1 p. 
click to view1838 July 20 

Merritt, Emeline. South Weymouth, Mass. 
Fund-raising prospects in South Weymouth 
for the Society for the Education of Females. 
1 p. 
click to view1838 Aug. 23 

Woodward, Elizabeth P. South Hadley, Mass. 
Has been teaching at a pleasant school in 
Watertown. Is returning a part of her debt. 
3 pp. 
click to view1838 Aug. 27 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Reports on examinations at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 11. 
4 pp. 
click to view1838 Sept. 14 

Dickinson, Mary D. (Smith). Conway, Mass. 
Her husband will send fifty dollars; is 
sorry not to be able to pay her whole debt 
and feels the utmost gratitude. 
2 pp. 
click to view1838 Sept. 22 

Dickinson, Gardner. Conway, Mass. 
Sends fifty dollars toward payment of debt of 
his wife, Mary; expresses appreciation of the 
invaluable influence Grant is exerting on young ladies. 
2 pp. 
click to view1838 Oct. 3 

Spear, Elizabeth. Hanover, N.H. 
Is an orphan without money who would do 
anything to obtain an education. Is there any way for 
her to earn her schooling in Ipswich? Followed by 
recommendation for Spear from Sarah B. Alden (next item). 
2 pp. 
click to view[1838] [Oct. 3] 

Alden, Sarah B. Hanover, N.H. 
Recommends Miss Spear as a young lady of 
the most admirable character who deserves any 
help that can be given to her. 
1 p. 
click to view1838 Nov. 16 

Williams, William H. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
Thanks Grant for sending successful teachers. Followed by 
letter to Grant from Maria B. Brooks (next item). 
2 pp. 
click to view[1838] [Nov. 16] 

Brooks, Maria B. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
The school at Tuscaloosa is having an influence in the 
cause of education and is the largest in the state. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Jan. 10 

Williams, William H. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
Discusses teachers at school in Tuscaloosa and asks Grant 
to recommend another teacher with such excellent qualities. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Jan. 12 

Williams, Esther. Limestone Springs, S.C. 
Wants her sisters to attend to music, even 
at the expense of other studies. Sends a 
catalogue of her school. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Jan. 29 - Mar. 8 

Bullard, Julia Ann. Uxbridge, Mass. 
Discusses her illness. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 4 

Goodrich, Amanda S. West Bloomfield, N.J. 
Her school is small and her salary has been 
only enough to meet her necessary expenses. 
Regrets being unable to pay her debt. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 11 

Woodward, Elizabeth P. Watertown, N.Y. 
Describes her school in Watertown. Includes, on same 
pages, a letter by her to a Miss Cutter. 
3 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 15 - Mar. 1 

Crosby, Sophronia. Hanover, IN. 
Has paid for one years' schooling for her sister and 
is thus unable to send more than fifty dollars 
toward her debt. The school in Hanover is thriving. 
Additional note, dated March 1, explains that 
she has been unable to send her letter because of 
an attack of typhus fever. 
4 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 18 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Regarding two students at Ispwich Female Seminary 
who have applied for admission to Mount Holyoke. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 12. 
1 p. 
click to view1839 Feb. 19 

Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Reports the death of Jemima Wing on Feb. 8. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 12. 
1 p. 
click to view1839 Feb. 20 

Sneed, Rachel 0. (Crosby). New Albany, IN. 
Describes the journey to St. Louis and her 
school in Charlestown. Cannot send any money 
to pay her debt. 
4 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 23 

Sherrill, Rebecca C. Middlebury, VT. 
Is leaving for missionary work and may visit Ipswich. 
2 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 23 

Williams, Esther. Limestone Springs, S.C. 
Is sending one hundred dollars to Grant. Hopes that her 
sisters will pay particular attention to their music. 
1 p. 
click to view1839 Feb. 25

Linsley, Mary M. York, PA. 
Describes her school in York. 
4 pp. 
click to view1839 Feb. 25 

Woodward, Elizabeth P. Watertown, N.Y. 
Is sending more money to pay her debt. 
1 p. 
click to view1839 Mar. 14 

Cannon, Gabriel. Charleston, S.C. 
Encloses a check from Esther Williams. 
1 p. 
click to view1839 Mar. 14 

Cone, Mary. Monticello, Ill. 
Is sorry that she cannot send more money toward her debt. 
Describes her school, especially its religious condition. 
4 pp. 
click to view1839 Mar. 14 

Crosby, Elmira. Crawfordsville, IN. 
Detailed discussion of her work as a teacher and the 
social and religous activities of town residents. 
4 pp. 

click to view1839 Mar. 16 
Hooker, Rachel. Sewickley, PA. 
Cannot send the money she promised, but will 
do so at the end of the term. Describes 
development of and revival in Sewickley. 
4 pp. 

click to view1839 Mar. 27 
Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Is both relieved and solicitous on hearing 
that Grant is to give up her present labors. 
Transcript only. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 12. 
1 p. 

click to view1839 Apr. 1 
Lyon, Mary. 
Tells of death of her step-father. 
Ms. and transcript. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 12. 
1 p. 

click to view1839 Apr. 12 
Lyon, Mary. South Hadley, Mass. 
Describes the first death at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary 
and discusses the purchase of books from Grant a possible 
visit from her, the Memorandum Society, and the credentials 
for teachers at the school. 
In: Mary Lyon Collection, Series A, Sub-Series 1, Folder 12. 
4 pp. 

click to view1839 Apr. 18 
Hale, Abiah (Chapin). Springfield, Ill. 
Is sending money toward her debt. Has been 
teaching in Monticello and Springfield. 
2 pp. 

click to view1839 May 8 
Beecher, Catharine E. Putnam, Ohio 
Describes shortcomings of the current principal 
of an unidentified seminary and asks Grant to 
suggest a replacement. 
4 pp. 

click to view1839 May 18 
Knight, Eliza R. Norton, Mass. 
Is sending one hundred twenty-five dollars toward her debt. 
1 p. 

click to view1839 May 28 
Burnham, Harriet. Franklin, Ohio 
Has not been able to collect her salary and will have 
to delay longer in paying her debt. Has left her position 
at Granville and found a pleasant school in Franklin. 
3 pp. 

click to view1839 June 6 
Goodrich, Amanda S. West Bloomfield, N.J. 
Has opened a school in the village and 
expects to pay her debt soon. 
3 pp. 


click to view1839 June 
Hooker, Rachel. Sewickley, PA. 
Is enclosing a check for the amount of her 
debt to the Society for the Education of Females.
1 p. 

click to view1839 July 4 
Peet, Rebecca G. (Sherrill). Boston, Mass. 
Is on the eve of her departure and is 
sending two dollars for interest on her loan. 
2 pp. 


click to view1839 Sept. 4 
Crosby, Sophronia. Hawley, Mass. 
Her expenses have been more than anticipated 
and she is unable to pay more toward her debt. 
2 pp. 

click to view[18391 [Sept.] 
Dana, Sarah W. Zanesville, Ohio 
Is enclosing a check for the remainder of her debt. 
2 pp. 

click to view1839 Oct. 12 
Dana, Sarah W. Zanesville, Ohio 
Is sending some money toward the payment of her debt. 
Her situation is pleasant. On back of letter, in pencil, 
is what appears to be a draft of a letter by Grant, 
dated Oct. 17, 1839. 
3 pp. 


click to view1839 Nov. 30 
Morse, Eunice T. Paxton, Mass. 
Describes her work as a teacher in Brookfield, VT., and 
Williamstown, Mass. and asks Grant for help in finding 
another position. Sends sixty dollars toward her debt. 
Pencil notes on the back of the letter may be a draft 
of a letter by Grant. 
4 pp. 

click to view1839 Dec. 30 - 1840 Jan. 6 
Morse, Eunice T. Paxton, Mass. 
Wishes to continue her work as a teacher and describes 
her qualifications for teaching music, needlework, 
handwriting, painting, and drawing. With pencil notes 
on pages 1-2, possibly in Morse's hand, and a note to 
Grant from her mother, Esther Morse, on page 3. 
4 pp. 

click to view1840 Jan. 13 
Morse, Eunice T. Paxton, Mass. 
Has decided to accept Grant's suggestion that she teach in 
Haddonfield, N.J. Describes her wardrobe and her clothing needs. 
3 pp. 

click to view1840 Feb. 12 
Woodward, Elizabeth P. Watertown, N.Y. 
Is sending fifty dollars toward her debt. 
It is a privilege to teach in Watertown. 1 p. 

click to view1840 Mar. 1 
Merritt, Emeline. Weymouth, Mass. 
Describes her work in a district school and sends Grant 
"the hard earnings of the past winter" to pay part of 
her debt to the Society for the Education of Females. 
2 pp. 

click to view1840 Aug. 8
Morse, Eunice T.  Haddonfield, NJ
[No summary available]

click to view1840 Aug. 21 
Crosby, Elmira. Crawfordsville, IN. 
Discusses her school, where her situation is complicated 
by rivalry among the churches in the town. Discusses 
difficulties about payment of her salary, her anxiety 
about her debt, and her engagement to Samuel N. Steele. 
Followed by letter to Grant from Hannah C. Briggs (next item). 
3 pp. 

click to view[1840] [Aug.?] 
Briggs, Hannah C. East Walpole, Mass. 
Has had a letter from Sarah A. Fisher from 
Sparta, N.J., about her teaching. Invites Grant 
to stay with her. 
1 p. 

click to view1840 Aug. 27 
Fisher, Sarah A. Sparta, N.J. 
Describes her school and comments on residents 
and the minister of Sparta. 
8 pp. 

click to view1840 Sept. 23 
Goodrich, Amanda S. Ware House Point, Conn. 
Has spent the winter teaching a family school 
in Virginia and finds her health much improved. 
Can now pay her debt but would be grateful to 
have the interest reduced. 
2 pp. 

click to view1840 Oct. 2 
Maxwell, Priscilla. Marion, Ala. 
Has never been paid any salary for her teaching. Discusses her 
school and contrast between southern schools and Ipswich. 
4 pp. 

click to view1840 Oct. 6 
Goodrich, Amanda S. East Long Meadow, Conn. 
Is sending the whole amount of her debt. Her 
ill health has returned. 
3 pp. 

click to view1840 Oct. 7 
Morse, Eunice T. Paxton, Mass. 
Refers to her reasons for leaving her position 
as a teacher in Haddonfield, N.J.; describes a 
lenghthy visit to Philadelphia; sends fifty 
dollars toward her debt. 
3 pp. 

click to view1840 Dec. 12 
Barrett, Fanny W. (White). Charlemont, Mass. 
Has been teaching in Palmyra, N.Y., and has married 
Dr. Moses Barrett. Is unable to repay her debt. 
2 pp. 

click to view1840 Dec. 12 
Merritt, Emeline. Weymouth, Mass. 
Has been teaching in a local public school and 
hopes to send money toward her debt soon. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 Jan. 18 
Maxwell, Priscilla. Marion, Ala. 
Is sending money for her debt and will remain 
at her school under difficult conditions. Has 
been ill with congestive fever. 
4 pp. 

click to view1841 Mar. 15 
Dickinson, Gardner. Conway, Mass. 
Concerns his wife's debt to the Society for the Education of 
Females. Followed by letter to Grant from Mary D. (Smith) 
Dickinson (next item). 
2 pp. 

click to view[1841] [Mar. 15] 
Dickinson, Mary D. (Smith). Conway, Mass. 
Her debt is a source of great anxiety to her. 
Has been teaching in a sabbath school. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 Mar. 26 
Barker, Angeline H. Pelham, N.H. 
Sends ten dollars borrowed in 1839. Has taught in three 
schools since then, but has had difficulty finding 
another position and doubts her ability to pay the 
rest of her debt. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 Apr. 25 
Merritt, Emeline. Weymouth, Mass. 
Has recovered her health and is teaching in a 
public school, which she describes. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 May 12 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). New Washington, Ohio 
Has given up teaching because of poor health and is unable 
to send any money toward her debt. Describes her former 
position as a teacher in Hanover, Indiana. 
With additional note by Theo. Crosby, 27 May 1841, Rockport, 
Ohio, enclosing ten dollars toward his daughter's debt. 
4 pp. 

click to view1841 May 26 
Crosby, Elmira. Coolville, Ohio 
Has not been paid for her work as a teacher in 
Crawfordsville, IN., but is now teaching in a 
public school and hopes to send money toward her 
debt soon. Comments on religious conditions in Coolville. 
4 pp. 

click to view1841 June
Cone, Mary. Monticello, Ill. 
Will send one hundred dollars toward her debt in 
August. Comments,on her difficulty in lecturing and 
the lack of religious sentiments in her school. 
4 pp. 

click to view1841 July 24 
Dickinson, Gardner. Conway, Mass. 
Will be able to send fifty dollars in mid
September toward his wife's debt. 
1 p. 

click to view1841 Aug. 27 
Dana, Daniel. Newburyport, Mass. 
He was much affected by her letter and by her interest in 
Hints on Reading. His hopes for her happiness in her marriage. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 Sept. 13 
Dickinson, Gardner. Conway, Mass. 
Is sending fifty dollars. 1 p. 

click to view1841 Sept. 13 
Sneed, Rachel 0. (Crosby). New Albany, IN. 
Discusses her illness, her children, the 
local religious state, and her husband's poor 
parish. Will have to defer paying her debt. 
3 pp. 

click to view1841 Oct. 5 
Barrett, Fanny A. (White). Charlemont, Mass. 
Is sending some money. She is to be baptized. 
Followed by letters to Grant from I. K. Briggs 
and Hannah Briggs (next items). 
1 p. 

click to view1841 Oct. 7 
Baldwin, Theron. Monticello, Ill. 
Is sending a check for the debt of Mary Cone. 
The Seminary is exerting an influence in the West; 
it may be able to obtain a permanent endowment. 
3 pp. 

click to view1841 [Oct. 14?] 
Briggs, I. K. 
Wishes her a happy married life. 
1 p. 

click to view1841 [Oct. 15] 
Briggs, Hannah. 
Discusses mutual friends and the illness of her children. 
2 pp. 

click to view1841 Oct. 22 
Crosby, Elmira. Dunbarton, N.H. 
Wants to visit Banister in Newburyport. 
1 p. 

click to view1841 Dec. 6 
Keyes, Persis. Boston, Mass. 
Hopes that she will always be devoted to the 
cause of female education, but sees no way that 
she can ever pay to rest of her debt to the 
Society for the Education of Females. Is to 
marry the Reverend R. W. Fuller. 
3 pp. 

click to view1841 Dec. 9 
Crosby, Elmira. Dunbarton, N.H. 
Gives an account of the money which she has earned as a teacher 
in Indiana, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Is anxious about her debt 
to the Society for the Education of Females because of her 
upcoming marriage. 
3 pp. 

click to view1842 Mar. 7 
Barker, Angeline H. Pelham, N.H. 
Is unable to pay her debt, for she cannot find a situation 
as a teacher and her efforts to find other positions have 
been unsuccessful. Has applied for admittance to Mount Holyoke 
Female Seminary. 
3 pp. 

click to view1842 Apr. 7 
Crosby, Elmira. Dunbarton, N.H. 
Expresses anxiety about her debt to the Society for the 
Education of Females in view of her upcoming marriage. 
2 pp. 

click to view1842 May 21 
Bullard, Julia Ann. Uxbridge, Mass. 
Expressed her affection and gratitude for Banister and 
comments on her health, family and former Ipswich students. 
4 pp. 

click to view1842 Oct. 11 
Maxwell, Elizabeth (Stone). Greenfield, Mass. 
Miss Priscilla Maxwell wishes to prepare her sister Abby 
for teaching. Could Mrs. Banister consider taking her 
into her home and treating her as a daughter, or could 
she recommend some other place for her? 
3 pp. 

click to view1843 May 11 
Steele, Elmira (Crosby). Delphi, IN. 
Describes her new home and religious conditions 
in Delphi; mentions the death of her infant daughter 
and the "chill and fever" which prevail in the area. 
4 pp. 

click to view1844 Feb. 16 
Sneed, Rachel 0. (Crosby). New Albany, IN 
Describes her visit to New England, her husband's 
agency for Wabash College, and its financial state. 
They can now pay her debt to the Society for the 
Education of Females. Does Banister know any 
potential donors for Wabash? 
3 pp. 

click to view1844 Feb. 28 
Bright, Mary Adams. Bangor, ME. 
Her great embarrassment that she cannot pay her debt, for 
she cannot collect the money which others owe her. 
4 pp. 

click to view1844 June 10 
Bright, Mary Adams. Bangor, ME. 
Mrs. Banister's kind note has helped her 
feelings over her delinquency. Her nature is 
sensitive, and the debt has troubled her. 
4 pp. 

click to view1844 Aug. 16 
Bright, Mary Adams. Bangor, ME. 
Describes her studies in recent years and her 
success as a teacher. 
4 pp. 

click to view1844 Aug. 17 
Bright, Mary Adams. Bangor, ME. 
Is sorry that indisposition has prevented her 
from calling. Is sending a package for Miss Lovejoy. 
NOTE: Includes a note concerning Bright's debt, in 
Banister's handwriting (2 pp.). 
2 pp. 

click to view1844 Oct. 17 
Beecher, Catharine E. Boston, Mass. 
When may she call to discuss some plans for 
promoting the cause of education? 
1 p. 

click to view[1844] [Nov.] 
Beecher, Catharine E. Boston, Mass. 
Describes her recent activities following 
her visit to Banister. 2 pp. 

click to view1844 Dec. 20 
Sneed, Rachel 0. (Crosby). New Albany, IN. 
Her husband has paid her debt to the Society 
for the Education of Females through Mr. 
Baldwin. Comments on her poor health. Followed 
by a receipt, 27 June 1845, Boston, Mass., 
signed by Theron Baldwin, for Sneed's payment. 
3 pp. 

click to view1845 Jan. 20 
Beecher, Catharine E. Boston, Mass. 
Discusses her visits to Marblehead, her 
difficulties with her book, Domestic Economy, 
and a meetings with a mesmerist. Is sending 
Measures Proposed for Consultation and some 
letters. Gives directions for Banister to 
follow is assisting her with her plans. 
4 pp. 

click to view1845 Feb. 15 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). New Washington, Ohio 
Has continued teaching after her marriage 
despite her ill health and the death of an infant 
son, but has been unable to save any money to pay 
her debt with the Society for the Education of 
Females. Describes the widespread illiteracy in 
Ohio and the inability of many parents to afford 
an education for their children. 
4 pp. 

click to view1846 Mar. 7 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). New Washington, Ohio 
Describes the need of several of her students 
for financial assistance and clothing. Discusses 
the furnishings of her house and her husband's 
work as a minister. 
4 pp. 

click to view1846 Aug. 22 
King, Susan (Burnham). Wilton, [N.H.?] 
Is unable to pay her debt to the Society for 
the Education of Females. Resents having been 
urged to borrow the money and hopes that her 
husband will never know of her debt. 
2 pp. 

click to view1846 Aug. 25 
Burnham, Harriet. Lowell, Mass. 
Has returned disheartened and sorrowful from 
the West. The teachers have petitioned city 
officers for their salary and she hopes that 
next year she can repay a part of what she 
borrowed from the Society for the Education of Females. 
3 pp. 

click to view1847 June 2 
Burnham, Harriet. Lowell, Mass. 
Is unable to pay her debt, for she has not 
been re-elected by the school board because of 
her personal defects. Has been unable to learn 
of a position in Lowell. 
3 pp. 

click to view1847 June 5 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). New Washington, Ohio 
Has been in poor health. Discusses the young 
ladies in her school who have received aid. 
4 pp. 

click to view1849 Mar. 4
Fiske, Rebecca W. South Hadley, Mass.
[no summary available]

click to view1849 Mar. 5 
Porter, Hannah (Kingsbury). Monson, Mass. 
Tells Banister that Mary Lyon is not expected to recover 
from an illness and describes her last visit with the Porters. 
2 pp. 

click to view1849 May 15 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). New Washington, Ohio 
Describes the young ladies in her school who 
have been aided by funds lent to her by Banister 
for the education of orphans in the West. 
4 pp. 

click to view[1849?] Oct. 22 
Beecher, Catharine E. Northampton, Mass. 
Urges Banister to come to Dr. Ruggle's water cure at Northampton, 
for she has noticed signs of unnatural excitement in her and has 
discussed it with friends who feel it is dangerous. Dr. Ruggles 
has had enormous success with his patients. 
NOTE: First page is a printed broadside describing the 
Northampton Water Cure. 
2 pp. 

click to view1851 Feb. 17 
Sneed, Rachel 0. (Crosby). New Albany, IN. 
Would like a receipt for the money repaid to 
the Society for the Education of Females in 1844. 
Comments on her husband's activities and her 
children. What is the character of the Mount 
Holyoke school since Miss Lyon's death? 
3 pp. 

click to view1852 Jan 21 - Mar. 26 
McKee, Sophronia (Crosby). Franklin, IN. 
Has been in ill health after spending several 
months in the south. Is teaching again. Lists 
young ladies in her school who have received aid. 
Describes her husband's congregation. 
4 pp. 

click to view[18ca. 1852] 
Downey, Evelina (Bray). 
Recollections of Ipswich Seminary. Describes her own history 
since she left Ipswich and her connection with the National 
Board of Popular Education. 
2 pp. 

click to view1853 Mar. 26 
Beecher, Catharine E. Andover, Mass. 
Expresses sympathy for Mr. Banister during his grave illness. 
Discusses signatures [on a petition?] sent to her sister, 
Mrs. Stowe, by women in Great Britain and Quaker women in 
the United States. 
2 pp. 

click to view1855 Apr. 3 
Steele, Elmira (Crosby). Spencertown, [Mass.?] 
Her husband has died and she is left with the care of her three 
young boys. May be able to teach again; asks Banister for advice. 
3 pp. 

click to view1856 Sept. 6 
Hopkins, Bridgman & Co. Northampton, Mass. 
Concerns her purchase of forty copies of 
Hitchcock's memoir of Mary Lyon. 
1 p. 

click to view1857 Jan. 30 
Farrar, Cynthia. Ahmadnagar, India 
Discusses her school, her success in converting natives, and 
the conduct of services in the mission. Would be glad of any 
money that Banister could send her. 
4 pp. 

click to view1857 July 28 
Farrar, Cynthia. Ahmadnagar, India 
Describes her work and that of other missionaries. 
Although there is a rebellion in India, the 
missionaries are so far undisturbed and prospering. 
8 pp. 

click to view1858 Jan. 9 
Van Allen, Jane A. Gabon, Africa 
Has arrived in Gabon. Describes the voyage to 
Africa and the stops along the way to her new home. 
4 pp. 
click to view1858 Jan. 6 

Beecher, Catharine E. Hartford, Conn. 
Her health has improved. Discusses her activities and family 
news. Is working on a "second volume." 
4 pp. 

click to view[1858] [July 23] Farrar, Cynthia. Ahmadnagar, India 
The mission work goes on despite battles 
and massacres in India. 
4 pp. 

1858 Nov. 15 
click to viewVan Allen, Jane A. Gabon, Africa 
Describes her work in Gabon, where she has been for 
ten months. 
3 pp. 

click to view[1859 June] 
Beecher, Catharine E. Andover, Mass. 
Concerns editorial work by Banister on an 
unidentified work by Beecher. 
1 p. 

click to view[1859 June] 
Beecher, Catharine E. Boston, Mass. 
Wants to see Banister, her "chief counselor," 
during an upcoming stay in Andover and Georgetown. 
2 pp. 

click to view1860 Apr. 14 
Farrar, Cynthia. Ahmadnagar, India 
Detailed account of her activities and the work of missionaries 
in the area. Describes the difficulties facing girls in India 
who want an education. 
16 pp. 

click to view1860 Apr. 28 
Van Allen, Jane A. Gabon, Africa 
Has written an account of the mission which Banister requested. 
Her teaching presents some trials which are peculiar for a 
single lady. Discusses the missionaries now at her station. 
4 pp. 

click to view1872 Mar. 29 
Wells, William H. Chicago, Ill. 
Comments on the enjoyment of old age, his hope of Heaven, 
and memories of their association at Ipswich. 
6 pp. 

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