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Elizabeth Waite (1769-1792) Papers

Elizabeth Waite (1769-1792) Papers

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ELIZABETH WAITE (1769-1792) PAPERS, 1779-1792





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:Waite, Elizabeth, 1769-1792
Title:Elizabeth Waite (1769-1792) Papers
Dates:1779/1792
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Elizabeth Waite Papers consists of letters written by Eliza to Susan Kittredge and other young female acquaintances.
Collection Number:MSS 320

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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 other writings.


Biographical Sketches

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.


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.

Kittredge, Susan, d. 1829
Commonplace-books
Female friendship
Friendship
Manners and customs
Women
Women--Language
Essex County (Mass.)--Social life and customs--18th century
Salem (Mass.)

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

Elizabeth Waite (1769-1792) Papers, MSS 320, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The bound notebook of Eliza Waite containing proverbs, poetry, and literary quotations was donated in 1963 by an unknown source. The collection of letters was a gift from Lawrence W. Jenkins.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Frances Malamy, March 2002. Updated by Nicholas Long, April 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Date Accessed: April 14, 2015.


Corey, DeLoraine P., Waite Family of Malden, Massachusetts, Malden, Mass, 1913.


Genealogical and personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Ed. William Richard Cutter, N.Y., 1908.


Salem Register, October 16, 1792.


Waite Family Papers, MSS 88.


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