|bMS Am 2152 |
Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915. Correspondence: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Descriptive Summary Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Am 2152
Creator: Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915.
Quantity: 3 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence of Harvard professor and lawyer John Chipman Gray.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:
Gift of Roland Gray, 36 Larch Road, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Eleanor (Gray) Tudor, 22 Larch Road Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1948 June 28.
Arrangement Arranged alphabetically by author.
Scope and Content Consists chiefly of letters written to John Chipman Gray and his wife, Anna Lyman Mason Gray, many of which are RSVPs to social engagements from notable Boston and Harvard figures. Other topics include John Gray's legal writings and lectures and Anna Gray's poetry. Includes two autograph letters of Daniel Webster (addressed to others), and several letters of condolence from acquaintances such as Abbott Lawrence Lowell on the occasion of John Gray's death. The collection also includes letters to other members of the Gray family and some Gray family ephemera, such as stock certificates. Items concerning Japan include a letter from Isabella Stewart Gardner describing her impressions of Japanese culture and society, a letter from Fanny MacVeagh, wife of the American ambassador to Japan, describing the landscape and culture, and a collection of letters from John Gray's former student Kentaro Kanako, a Japanese noble and diplomat, whose letters describe the politics, government, and society of Japan and express great nostalgia for Boston society. He also discusses newly published political science works and his translations of many such works. Kanako visited the United States several times and wrote to the Grays from both Japan and the United States.