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Lucy Stone Robinson (1815-1893) Papers

Lucy Stone Robinson (1815-1893) Papers

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LUCY STONE ROBINSON (1815-1893) PAPERS, 1824-1846





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:Robinson, Lucy Stone, 1815-1893
Title:Lucy Stone Robinson (1815-1893) Papers
Dates:1824/1846
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: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.
Collection Number:MSS 317

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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 Canton, China.


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. Stone.


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.


Biographical Sketch

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 Salem.


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 Salem.


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.

Robinson, John, 1796-1846
Stone, John, 1781-1849
Condolence notes
Families--19th century
Letters
Weddings
Guangzhou (China)

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

Lucy Stone Robinson (1815-1893) Papers, MSS 317, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

These papers were donated by David Wheatland on April 3, 1987 (acc. #87003).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Irene Axelrod, February 2003. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.


Related Material

Bartlett, J. Gardner. Ancestry and Descendants of Gregory Stone of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston: Published for the Stone Family Association, 1918, pp. 354-356.


Salem Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850: Volume IV: Marriages. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1924, p. 263.


Salem Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850: Volume VI: Deaths. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1924, p. 189.


Lucy Johnson Papers, 1860-1872 (bills and receipts for the estate of John Robinson), Fam. Mss. 508


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