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Charles Woodbury to Laughton (34 items), 1854-1860

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: ER-4461

Scope and Contents

The correspondence begins July 14, 1854 and continues until 1860, the year Lily’s engagement to Berghmans was announced. Woodbury was a N.H. and Boston lawyer, son of noted jurist Levi W. (b. 1791). He was about 15 years Lily’s senior. He courted her and proposed marriage in 1854. Was refused. His letters are generally witty, occasionally referring to the rejected lover. Alludes to mutual friends, politics, travels, practice of law, society in Boston, Newport, D.C., Philadelphia.


  • 1854-1860


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From the Collection: 1.96 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes, 1 half Hollinger box, 1 oversize box)

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 USA