Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Leander Wetherell Letters, 1847-1896

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, July 2006, and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Leander Wetherell letters
Creator: Wetherell, Leander, d. 1885, and Wetherell, Mary
Inclusive dates: 1847-1896
Extent: 5 items
Abstract:
Leander Wetherell, a newspaper editor and teacher from Rochester, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, received 4 personal letters between 1847 and 1865. Among other topics, his correspondents discussed the publishing industry, slavery, and differences between men and women. Mary, his widow, received a letter from one of his former acquaintances in 1896.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Before 1999. M-4059.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Leander Wetherell Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Leander Wetherell was born in Massachusetts around 1805. He was a teacher at the Rochester Collegiate Institute in New York between 1840 and 1853, and associate editor of Moore’s Rural New Yorker. He then moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, where he edited the Amherst (Mass.) Record until 1859. Between 1859 and 1876, he was the editor of the American Cultivator, and later of the Boston Post and Traveller. He received an honorary M.A. degree from Williams College. He died in 1885 and was survived by his wife Mary.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Leander Wetherell, a newspaper editor, teacher, and lecturer from Rochester, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, received 4 personal letters between 1847 and 1865. Among other topics, his correspondents discussed the publishing industry, slavery, and differences between men and women. Mary, his widow, also received a letter from one of his former acquaintances in 1896.

J. B. Thompson, a business acquaintance, wrote a letter to Leander Wetherell on April 21, 1847, concerning ongoing negotiations with a publisher. A female schoolteacher named "Celia" composed two letters on December 7, 1862, and September 8, 1864, from Salem and Charlestown, Massachusetts. In her first letter, she discussed her work on a religious newspaper column, compared men and women, mentioned some of the influences the sexes had on one another, and stated her disgust for slavery. She also described the plight of an escaped slave who had become one of her students, and her pleasure at his rapid academic progress. In her second letter, Celia reflected on the death of one of her young students, Ida, and enclosed a printed poem dedicated to the girl's memory. Julia Roberts, another of Wetherell's female friends in Salem, wrote about her social life, the illness and recent death of a friend, and a visit to a Catholic Church (September 7, 1865). William J. Fowler addressed the final letter to Mary Wetherell on December 18, 1896, and briefly reminisced about her husband, Leander, whom he knew in Rochester, New York, in the 1850s.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • African Americans--Education.
    • Bereavement--Poetry.
    • Boston (Mass.)
    • Catholic church.
    • Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
    • Education--Massachusetts.
    • Fugitive slaves.
    • Publishers and publishing--United States.
    • Rochester (N.Y.)
    • Salem (Mass.)
    • Women writers.
    Contributors:
    • Fowler, William J.
    • Roberts, Julia.
    • Thompson, J. B.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Poems.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   28, Small Collections  
    Leander Wetherell letters [series]
    Folder   7  
     April 21, 1847-December 18, 1896
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Meteorological Observations." The New Genesee Farmer 3.6 (June 1842): 81.

    "Obituary Notes." The New York Times 20 May 1885.