“Hollow Eve” pranks, 19th century style

For those that are sad to see the holiday pass, here’s one last dose of Halloween for you.  Today we are featuring a letter found by one of our volunteers while processing a new manuscript collection, the White Family Papers.  John White, the patriarch of the wealthy West Boylston family, was a pioneer in textile manufacturing.  In this letter, his daughter, Julia, recounts her exploits on Halloween.  You can read a full transcription of the letter here.

Hopefully no one got pranked like poor Mrs. Spence last night!




















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Tracey Kry

Assistant Curator of Manuscripts and Assistant Reference Librarian, American Antiquarian Society

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