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Inventory of the Appleton-Foster Collection, 1717-1897, Bulk 1797-1849
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Appleton-Foster Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1717-1897, Bulk 1797-1849
    Extent: 73 catalogued items, plus a few miscellaneous and ephemeral items
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased in 1957 from Mrs. Patricia Dykstra.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Appleton-Foster Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton Haven (-1838) married first Dr. Nathaniel Walker Appleton, a Massachusetts physician (May 24, 1780). They lived at least partly in Boston, where they were members of the First Church. The names of five of their seven children appear in the baptismal records of that church: Charles, George, Mary, William Greenleaf, and Sally. Dr. Appleton died April 15, 1795. Sarah Haven next married Joseph Haven of Portsmouth, N. H. (between mid-1814 and mid-1815), a first cousin of her deceased husband. He was the son of the Rev. Samuel Haven and Mehitabel (Appleton) Haven, aunt of Dr. Appleton.
    Mary (Appleton) Foster, daughter of Sarah Haven, married John Welch Foster of Portsmouth (Aug. 31, 1824).

    Scope and Content

    Subject Matter

    • Unitarian churches in New England and Baltimore
    • War of 1812
    • Social life and customs

    Important or Interesting Items

    HM 27696
    Letter from James Robertson to Charles Fenton Mercer re Presidential election of 1812. 1813, Feb. 14
    HM 27708
    Letter from Mary to Mary (Appleton) Foster, describing social life at Cheltenham, England, and the attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington at an evening party there. 1816, Aug. 6
    HM 27700
    List of the members of South Church, Portsmouth, N. H., compiled by Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe) Thacher and others. c. 1819-1847