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Waite, Elizabeth, 1769-1792
Elizabeth Waite (1769-1792)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Elizabeth Waite Papers
consists of letters written by Eliza to Susan Kittredge and other young female
Scope and Content Note
The Elizabeth Waite Papers consists of letters written by Eliza to Susan
Kittredge and other young female acquaintances. Also
included is correspondence of other young women, presumably all included in the
circle of the young ladies frequented by Eliza and Susan. Although many of the
letters are undated, most were written between 1789 and 1791 when Eliza Waite was in
her late teens and early twenties. From the contents of the letters it may be
assumed that her friends were also young, single women of about the same age. Many
of Eliza Waite's letters appear to be drafts, as in some cases there are several
versions of one letter with many changes and deletions. Included in the collection
is a bound notebook belonging to Eliza Waite containing copied excerpts of poems and
Elizabeth (Eliza) Waite was born on January 4, 1769, the
eldest daughter of Aaron Waite and Elizabeth (nee Call) Waite of Salem,
Massachusetts. Aaron Waite was a leather merchant, partner in the company of Peirce
and Waite. At the time these letters were written, Eliza had four younger siblings:
Deborah (born 1771), Lydia (born 1775), Aaron (born 1781), and Harriet (born 1790).
Eliza died unmarried at the age of 23, on October 9, 1792.
Susan (Sukey) Kittredge, Eliza's close friend and
primary correspondent in this collection, was the daughter of Thomas Kittredge, a
prominent Andover physician and Susanna (nee Osgood) Kittredge. The family was
apparently wealthy and prominent in the area. The years of Susan's birth and death
are not readily available. The Genealogical and Personal
Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts
lists Susan as one of the daughters of Thomas Kittredge, but notes simply
that she "died young." The Andover Vital Records lists the death of one "Susanna
(Sukey) Kittredge, "a single woman, in 1829.
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.
Kittredge, Susan, d. 1829
Manners and customs
Essex County (Mass.)--Social life and customs--18th century
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