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Edward E. Hale correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S905
Identifier: S0905

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from Edward E. Hale in Boston, Massachusetts on January 29, 1863 regarding possible sale of his late father's map collection.


  • 1863/01/29


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Edward Everett Hale was the son of Nathan (publisher of Boston Daily Advertiser) and Sarah P. Everett Hale, born on Apr. 1822 in Boston, Massachusetts; he was the fourth of eight children, including Lucretia Peabody and Charles Hale. His mother was the sister of Edward Everett, the orator and president of Harvard College; his father was a nephew of Nathan Hale of Revolutionary War fame. Edward entered Harvard College at the age of thirteen. He was graduated in 1839, at the age of seventeen, second in his class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He taught in Boston Latin School, wrote for the press and began studying for the Unitarian ministry. He was ordained minister in April 29, 1845, serving Church of the Unity in Worcester, Massachusetts. He became minister of the South Congregational Church in Boston in Oct. of 1856, and he served no other parishes for his remaining forty-three years of ministry.

On Oct. 13, 1852, in Hartford, Connecticut., he married Emily Baldwin Perkins, granddaughter of Lyman Beecher (the preacher) and niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin). They had eight or nine children, including Edward Everett Hale (Jr.), born 1863..

He wrote many articles, books, essays, sermons and short stories, the most well-known of which is "Man Without A Country", written to influence a impending election but most important as a commentary on patriotism. He was chosen to read the 90th Psalm at the Massachusetts State House to the waiting crowd at 11 p.m., Dec. 31, 1900. He was elected as chaplain of the United States Senate in 1903 and continually urged the cause of international peace. He was also an abolitionist and founded the Lend a Hand Society, to help people needing financial assistance.

He died June 10, 1909 and is buried in Jamaica Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plan, MA.

"Hale, Edward E.". 1870 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/24.

"Hale, Edward E.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/24.

"Hale, Edward E.". U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930. Retrieved 2015/08/24.

"Hale, Edward Everett". (1932) In Dictionary of American Biography. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. (pp. 99-100). Print. ISL E176 .D563

"Hale, Edward Everett". Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography. Retrieved 2015/08/24.

"Hale, Edward Everett". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/08/24.

"Hale, Edward Everett". Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915. Retrieved 2015/08/24.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation. f


No further additions are expected.

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Collection processing completed 2015/08/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/24 by Edythe Huffman.
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