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Whittier, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Hussey), 1815-1864 (Sister of John Greenleaf Whittier)


biographical statement

John Greenleaf Whittier's sister. Throughout her life she remained Whittier’s closest companion. She had always been closest to him in temperament and interests; and from the earliest days in Amesbury she hd served as Whittier’s hostess and intimate companion. She read and criticized his work, supported his abolitionist stance, delighted him by her wit and clever social presence (which contrasted with his more withdrwn manner and cold demeanor in larger groups). She loved the countryside and nature as he did, and together they shared a similar wide circle of friends. Her sympathy and understanding had always been his bulwark during the trying times of the abolitionist crusade.

Elizabeth’s death in 1864 brought Whittier his deepest emotional loss.

Lucy Larcom, through frequent visits with the Whittiers, became a close friend and correspondent of Elizabeth's. She, too, mourned Elizabeth's death.

Citation (MWB, October 17, 2012)

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Lucy Larcom Collection

Identifier: MC-005
Abstract The Lucy Larcom Papers include 2 diaries, Nov. 1859-Aug. 1862; commonplace books, 1859-1867; herbaria; class books and grade book, 1859-1861; rhetoric notes, 1855 and 1857; correspondence with mother, John Greenleaf Whittier and his sister, Mrs. A.D.T.Whitney, and others, 1840s-1890s; paintings; clothing; manuscript poems and the Semi-centennial Sketch of Wheaton Seminary; Kansas Prize Song printed on handkerchief (1855); photographs Larcom owned; articles, obituaries, memorials; genealogical...
Dates: 1859-1970s