Beloved and Honoured Parents

Reuben & Lydia Pinkham’s Letters from Nantucket 1827 – 1838

Nantucket readers of these letters, written by Reuben and Lydia Pinkham, will recognize many things as familiar. There are complaints of the cost of living in Nantucket, the lack of selection, and the school committee having major conflicts. There is also plenty of new information – how to cook eels, for instance, and interestingly, lots of gossip of Nantucket relationships. Constant throughout the letters is the expression of affection, respect, and love for each other.

The Letters

About the Family

About the Collection

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