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Hunnewell Collection
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Mss 733 1823-1869 H
Boxes 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10

The Hunnewell Collection contains the papers of James Hunnewell which include letters from Susan Hunnewell in Charlestown, Massachusetts, from the secretary of the Dorchester Sailor's Friends Society, and from missionaries and their families who were living in Hawaii between 1820 and 1850.

Women at Home and Abroad > Letters (boxes 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10)
Correspondence with women in James Hunnewell's papers include letters from Susannah Hunnewell to her husband in the Sandwich Islands that discuss religion and the difficulty of living far apart. For all but seven months of the first eleven years of their marriage, James Hunnewell was living in the Pacific. On November 6, 1820 she wrote,

It is indeed with a kind of melancholy pleasure I have sat down to write. There is a satisfaction in reflecting on the endearing relation which you sustain towards me that I would not part with for worlds; but when I consider the distance that separates us and the time that has and will elapse before we meet my feelings are overpowered. Instead of becoming habituated to your absence by length of time I seem everyday less reconciled to it & "still alone" seems stamped on everything around me.


The collection also includes seven letters from Elizabeth Dorr, secretary of the Dorchester Sailor's Friends Society, concerning the donation of books to be placed in a ship's library for the "spiritual renovation of our brethren of the deep."

Women at Work: Professional Labor > Other Professionals (boxes 1, 6, and 10)
Missionary S. M. Bingham (married to Rev. Hiram Bingham) wrote three letters to James Hunnewell. Her letters mainly discuss her hopes for his conversion. Two letters from Lucy Whiting (S. M. Bingham's sister) concern Sophia and Lucy Bingham (daughters of the Binghams) who were sent back to the United States to be educated.

Maria Chamberlain, the widow of Rev. Levi Chamberlain, wrote four letters to James Hunnewell while living in Honolulu. Topics include her financial situation, her children, selling her home, her work as a missionary, and the education of Maria Kekela, a Hawaiian girl being raised by one of the missionary women.

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