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George Washington Heard (1837-1875) Papers

George Washington Heard (1837-1875) Papers

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GEORGE WASHINGTON HEARD (1837-1875) PAPERS, undated





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Heard, George Washington, 1837-1875
Title:George Washington Heard (1837-1875) Papers
Dates:undated
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The George Washington Heard papers contain transcripts of letters that George wrote to his parents and friends during his trip to China as private secretary for the American delegation at the negotiation of the Treaty of Tientsin in 1859 and the subsequent "Chinese Expedition" in 1860.
Collection Number:MH 120

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Scope and Content Note

The George Washington Heard papers contain transcripts of letters that George wrote to his parents and friends during his trip to China as private secretary for the American delegation at the negotiation of the Treaty of Tientsin in 1859 and the subsequent "Chinese Expedition" in 1860. The papers also contain a transcript of George's diary that he kept during that same trip. There are two copies of the diary dated May 18, 1859, and two copies of the diary dated September 21, 1859. It is unknown when these transcripts were made, or where the originals are; there are no original materials in this collection.


Biographical Sketch

George Washington Heard was born on January 21, 1837 to George Washington and Elizabeth Ann (Farley) Heard, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He would later legally change his name to George Farley Heard. After attending Phillips Andover Academy, he attended Harvard University, as part of the class of 1856.


In 1859, he sailed to China as private secretary for the American delegation at the negotiation of the Treaty of Tientsin. After the Treaty negotiations were complete, George joined his uncle's business. His uncle, Augustine Heard (1785-1868), had a successful trading firm in China, Augustine Heard and Company. George became the business manager in Canton. After the firm filed for bankruptcy he sailed for the United States aboard the S.S. Anadye, but died at sea in 1875. He never married.


Index Terms

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.

Heard, George Washington, 1837-1875
Sailors
China--Foreign relations--Treaties
Nagasaki-shi (Japan)
Diaries

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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.

Preferred Citation

George Washington Heard (1837-1875) Papers, MH 120, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

Some of this material was donated by Howard Corning in March 1943; the rest was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, June 2015.


Related Material


Harvard College. Memorial of the Harvard College Class of 1856: Prepared for the Fiftieth Anniversary of Graduation. Geo. H. Ellis, 1906.


Elizabeth Heard Papers, 1829-1864. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.


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