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Caroline LeConte Morris correspondence

Identifier: MS 0635

Scope and Contents

The Caroline LeConte Morris papers consist of correspondence. The letters primarily relate to her time as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1839-1941. Seventeen letters to various family members detail her studies, religion, academic and travel expenses, the political climate, and the value of education. She discussed compositions for her courses and lectures she attended. She often applied themes from her studies to situations current in her family life. For instance, after reading her "Political Class Book" she wrote to her brother about his role as her guardian in the context of her becoming "of age" at her following birthday. A number of letters relate to political matters including her disposition towards the Whig party, the racial composition of South Hadley, and conversations about abolition. She often compares the Pioneer Valley with her home in Ovid, New York, making note of different laws, trends of political opinion, and socioeconomic class. In a letter attempting to convince her older sister to enroll at Mount Holyoke, she discusses the age range of students and debates whether some students are as young as they claim to be. In another letter, she mentions a visit to Mt. Holyoke and discusses the view of the surrounding towns, pointing out South Hadley's importance because of the Seminary. She frequently contemplates the value of her education and considers leaving the Seminary at one point, but determines that it is her responsibility to be educated.


  • Creation: 1839-1841

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Biographical Note

Caroline LeConte was born in Ovid, New York on September 28, 1819. Her parents were Dr. Peter and Jerusha LeConte. She attended Ovid Academy to prepare to go to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, where she was a student from 1839-1841. She taught at a public school in Geneva, New York until shortly before she married Cornelius Van Horn Morris on May 1, 1847. They lived briefly in Ridgeway, Michigan, then moved to Lodi Village, New York. They had five children. She died on February 20, 1899 in Lodi, New York at the age of seventy-nine.


3 folders (1841 LeConte)

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Morris, Caroline LeConte, d. 1899; student. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1841. Papers consist of letters to family members; primarily documenting her experience as a student at Mount Holyoke, including special events and daily activities and a letter from her daughter enclosing a family tree.

Morris Papers, 1839-1841.
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Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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