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Lewis, Alonzo, 1794-1861
Alonzo Lewis (1794-1861) Papers
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
This collection consists of correspondence to Alonzo Lewis of Lynn, Massachusetts, pertaining to his roles as educator, poet, and historian.
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence to Alonzo Lewis of Lynn, Massachusetts, pertaining to his roles as educator, poet, and historian. Also present are related published materials.
Folders 1 and 2 contain 62 letters to Alonzo Lewis concerning his roles as historian, scholar and writer. The letters are organized in alphabetical order by the signer's last name because there are multiple letters from several of his correspondents. Notable among these are Joshua Coffin, historian and abolitionist; Samuel Drake, antiquarian; John Farmer, early genealogist; William Jenks, clergyman and scholar; Lemuel Shattuck, genealogist and author; and James Savage, banker and genealogist. Included are one letter to Joshua Coffin from John Farmer regarding Lewis' History of Lynn and three unsigned letters to Alonzo Lewis from one correspondent.
Folder 3 includes letters and other documents concerning Alonzo Lewis' role as an educator. Several of these documents commend Lewis as a teacher in the Lynn schools; others describe the formation of the Essex County Teachers' Association. Folder 4 includes printed materials, including several from historical societies.
Alonzo Lewis was born on August 28, 1794, in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Zachariah and Mary (Hudson) Lewis. He was a teacher, writer, surveyor, poet, reporter, editor, and publisher. He created the 1829 Map of Lynn; he published three books of poetry between 1824 and 1834; and he wrote and published The Picture of Nahant in 1845 and A Guide through Nahant with an account of its earliest inhabitants in 1851. His History of Lynn was first published in 1829 and was republished as late as 1890. Alonzo Lewis married Frances Maria Swan in 1822; they had six children: Alonzo, Frances Maria, Aurelius, Lewellyn, Arthur Lynnworth, and Thomas. Lewis died on January 21, 1861 in Lynn.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Coffin, Joshua, 1792-186
Drake, Samuel Gardner, 1798-1875
Farmer, John, 1789-1838
Jenks, William, 1778-1866
Lewis, Alonzo, 1794-1861
Savage, James, 1784-1873
Shattuck, Lemuel, 1793-1859
Essex County Teachers' Association (Mass.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.