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Robinson, Lucy Stone, 1815-1893
Lucy Stone Robinson (1815-1893)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Lucy Stone Robinson Papers
consist of letters sent to Lucy Stone during various periods of her life as well as
letters she wrote to her fiancé, John Robinson, during their engagement from
1837-1839, when he was in Canton, China.
Scope and Content Note
The Lucy Stone Robinson Papers consist of letters sent to
Lucy Stone during various periods of her life as well as letters she wrote to her
fiancé, John Robinson, during their engagement from 1837-1839, when he was in
The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by John and Lucy to each
other. John Robinson wrote most of the letters to Lucy Stone during the two-year
period he spent in Canton, China, where he served as a supercargo. She was living on
the corner of Chestnut and Summer Streets in Salem and describes the social life of
the period in her letters to him. He wrote 43 letters to her; the collection
contains 15 letters that she wrote to him. Letters from New York City, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1839 to 1844 show that John
Robinson still traveled often after the couple was married.
The miscellaneous letters include one letter written in 1824 to Lucy and her
brothers. It came from their father, John Stone, and describes a trip he and his
wife took from Salem to Worcester, Massachusetts. One set of letters from various
correspondents was addressed to Lucy Stone at the time of her wedding in 1839. These
accompanied wedding gifts. Also in this folder is a letter of certification dated
April 28, 1837, written by John Robinson that states his intention to marry Lucy P.
The last set of letters indicate sorrow at the death of John Robinson in April,
1846, and joy at the birth of the couple's son, John, in 1846. John Robinson's
eclectic taste in reading is illustrated by a lengthy list of books read on his
voyages to and from Canton, China. He lists the Sir Walter Scott novels, a biography
of Patrick Henry, and a memoir of Aaron Burr among his favorites.
Lucy Stone Robinson was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on
June 30, 1815, the daughter of Deacon John Stone and Catherine Dodge Pickering. John
and Catherine Stone had three other children as well: Lucy Pickering (born and died
in 1807), John Hubbard (born 1809), and Henry Orne (born 1819). After his first
wife's death on March 24, 1818, John Stone married Mary Hodges in Salem, on May 2,
1819. There were no children by this marriage.
On June 6, 1839, Lucy Pickering Stone married John Robinson in Salem. Robinson
was born in Andover, Massachusetts, on Aug. 29, 1796, the son of Aaron and Sarah
Poor Robinson. He was a merchant in Salem. Lucy and John Robinson had two children:
Lucia (born and died in 1845) and John (born 1846). Their son later became curator
of the Peabody Academy of Science. John Robinson Sr. died on April 24, 1846 in
On June 1, 1857, Lucy Robinson married Dr. Samuel Johnson, who was born in
Andover, Massachusetts, on December 18, 1790. He graduated from Harvard College in
1814 and from Harvard Medical School in 1817. He was a successful physician in Salem
for nearly half a century. Dr. Johnson died on May 26, 1876. There were no children
by this marriage. On May 9, 1893, Lucy Pickering Stone Robinson Johnson died in
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.
Robinson, John, 1796-1846
Stone, John, 1781-1849
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
The Lucy Stone Robinson Papers consist of letters sent to Lucy Stone during various periods of her life as well as letters she wrote to her fiancé, John Robinson, during their engagement from 1837-1839, when he was in Canton, China.