1804-1874; bulk: 1825-1841
Guide to the Collection
Representative digitized documents from this collection:
This collection consists of the diaries and professional papers of Alexander Hill Everett (1790-1847), American diplomat and editor, as well as materials by other members of the Everett family.
Alexander Hill Everett (1790-1847), brother of statesman and orator Edward Everett, was an American diplomat, editor, and writer. After graduating from Harvard in 1806, he served as secretary to John Quincy Adams and traveled with him to Russia from 1809-1811. He married Lucretia Orne Peabody on 21 September 1816. After he returned from Russia, he served as secretary to William Eustis, Chargé d'Affaires to the United Kingdom and Netherlands, until 1824. Everett then served as the U.S. Minister of Spain from 1825-1829. Everett returned to the United States after his term as minister ended, and he remained in Boston from 1830-1840, during which he became editor of the North American Review and sat on the Massachusetts General Court. Afterward, he was appointed U.S. agent to Cuba and resided there before accepting a position as U.S. Commissioner to China 5 years later. In poor health by this point in his life, Everett died en route to his new post in China. He was survived by his wife Lucretia, who had up to that point accompanied him on all of his journeys abroad, until her death in 1862.
Enoch Huse Everett, another brother of Alexander Hill and Edward Everett, was born in 1803 and died at only 23 in Salem, New Hampshire, in 1826. There is little documentation of his life, but his diary suggests that he suffered from an unnamed chronic disease for which he received treatment in Salem until his death.
Everett, Edward Franklin. Descendants of Richard Everett of Dedham, Mass. T. R. Marvin & Son printers, 1902.
The Everett-Noble papers consist of 4 document boxes containing diaries, correspondence, and other writings dating from 1804 to 1874, the bulk of which falls between 1825 and 1841. The collection is divided into two series: volumes and correspondence.
Much of the collection consists of writings by and correspondence to and from Alexander Hill Everett. This includes eight years' worth of diaries and journals documenting his work as John Quincy Adams' personal secretary during Adams's term as Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia; his diplomatic work in Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Cuba; and the years he spent living in Boston. Also included are other writings from various points in Everett's career as well as English- and Spanish-language correspondence from his time as U.S. Minister of Spain.
Materials by other members of the Everett family include Enoch Huse Everett's diary, which spans just under two months and documents the weather in Salem, N.H., and his ongoing battle with poor health, as well as an unsigned book of poetry and artwork. Also included is one letter and a notebook with transportation figures relating to the Boston and Worcester Railroad, which was owned at various points by different Everett family members.
Gift of Mrs. W. H. Noble, Jr., 1972.
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Volumes, 1809-1866digital content
Diaries by Alexander Hill Everett and his brother, Enoch Huse Everett, as well as other writings by unidentified members of the Everett family.
Diaries, 1809-1841digital content
Other volumes, 1804-1866digital content
II. Correspondence, 1825-1874
Composed mostly of correspondence to and from Alexander Hill Everett regarding his diplomatic work. Also included is one letter discussing the Boston and Worcester Railroad, with which several members of the Everett family were involved.
Everett-Noble papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.