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John Stevens Cabot Abbott Autograph Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
John Stevens Cabot Abbott was born on September 18, 1805, in Brunswick, Maine. After attending Bowdoin College, Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary; following his graduation, he led several congregations in Massachusetts. Abbott wrote several books on history and on Christianity during his lifetime, and died in 1877.
The John Stevens Cabot Abbott autograph book contains notes and autographs from a number of Abbott's acquaintances. Most contributors included short, inspirational quotations or poetry. Of particular interest is a letter from Senator Charles Sumner, dated March 29, 1860, in which Sumner gave his opinion on one of Abbott's recent books. Many of the contributions came from Abbott's acquaintances in Brunswick, Maine, and include notes from several family members, including Abbott's brother Jacob. An anonymous party drew a pencil sketch of a man and woman, seen from behind, on the first page of the volume.