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J. Howard Nichols Collection
Catalog Record
Mss 766 1856-1905 N619
Box 8

The J. Howard Nichols collection contains forty-seven letters from Dr. David Nutting and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Nichols) Nutting, written between 1859 and 1891 to her brother, John Howard. Most of the letters were written while the couple were missionaries in Kurdistan. Topics include information about the four children that she had while in Turkey (Annie, Nellie, Mary, and Freddie). A diary written by John Howard Nichols while visiting his sister describes the family's life and the environment in which they lived.

The collection also includes twenty-one letters from David and Mattie Boynton (Nichols' other sister), written in Haverhill, Massachusetts, between 1860 and 1869. Most of the letters are from Mattie. She mainly discusses family news. She also mentions some political items related to the Civil War. She mentions Nichols giving money to their mother without the knowledge of their father, and that their mother takes in boarders to support herself.

Other family letters are from Nichols's daughters, Grace and Eleanor Nichols, written in 1885-1886 and 1894. Grace wrote from in school in France, and one letter was written while she was a student at Smith College.

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