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Letters Between Catharine
Macaulay and Mercy Warren
These eighteenth century letters
are evidence of an extraordinary correspondence. Here the
great historian of England and one of the first historians
of the United States exchange their thoughts and ideas. And
both individuals just happen to be women.
In the letters Catharine Macaulay
and Mercy Warren wrote to each other over a twenty-year period,
they shared strong convictions about politics, human nature,
and the founding of the American republic. Macaulay and Warren
also wrote historical works in an attempt to influence the
political discourse and events of the revolutionary era. Macaulay,
an Englishwoman, published nine volumes of history, two philosophical
works, and several pamphlets. Warren, an American, published
three volumes of history, two verse dramas, numerous lyric
and dramatic poems, and several pamphlets.
The documents displayed in
this exhibit are from the Catharine Macaulay Papers in the
Gilder Lehrman Collection. Much of the material is unpublished, and
several of the letters shown in the exhibit are being exhibited
for the first time.
1 | Letter
2 | Letter 3 | Letter
4 | Letter 5 | Letter
6 | Letter 7
Exhibition was on view at the
Library from February 1 through May 28, 2000,
organized by Ms.
Leslie Fields, Associate Curator for the Gilder Lehrman