Vault A45, Stirling, Unit 1


EXTENT: Six items.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT: Organized in a single file; arranged chronologically.

BIOGRAPHY:  Mark Stirling is the proprietor of Up-Country Letters Fine and Rare Books, an Internet bookselling business operated in Gardnerville, Nevada, specializing in nineteenth-century American and English literature, particularly American Renaissance and Transcendental literature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. (The business also maintains an inventory of general rare and fine antiquarian books and manuscripts, first editions, natural history books, and archaeological books and monographs).  Mark Stirling lectured at the Concord (Massachusetts) Free Public Library on December 10, 2011, as part of the library’s program series to accompany the gallery exhibition “Collecting Transcendentalism” (on-line version accessible at

The Hoars of Concord and Lincoln, Massachusetts descended from Charles Hoare of Gloucester, England (died 1638) and Joanna Hincksman Hoare.   

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Six miscellaneous Concord-connected items (an engraved invitation, four letters, and one appointment by the Concord Board of Selectmen), [1894]-1917, generated or accumulated by members of the Hoar family.  See container list (below) for itemization.

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION: Gift of Mark Stirling, October 11, 2015.

RELATED MATERIALS:  The William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library holds multiple other collections and items connected with the Hoar family.  Consult the list of finding aids at and the data base of the Minuteman Library Network for more information.

NOTES/COMMENTS: Accessioned December 26, 2015; AMC 251.

PROCESSED BY: LPW; finding aid completed December 26, 2015.  


Engraved invitation to three dances given by the Concord Independent Battery (January 21, February 21, and April 18, [1894]).  Included in the list of names under the heading “Matrons” on the invitation is that of Mrs. Sherman Hoar.

ALS, Ellen T. Emerson to “Dear Mary,” Concord, April 26, 1898.  The content of this letter provides no positive evidence of the recipient’s identity.  Mary Tolman Buttrick Hoar—Mrs. Sherman Hoar—represents only one possibility.

TLS, George Frisbie Hoar to Charles E. Hoar, Washington, D.C., February 14, 1901, on United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary letterhead.

Printed Concord Board of Selectman appointment form with manuscript additions, March 24, 1913, appointing John Hoar Commander of the Concord Battery.  John Hoar (1889-1972) was a son of Samuel and Helen Putnam Wadleigh Hoar.

ALS, “Mother” [Helen Putnam Wadleigh Hoar (Mrs. Samuel)] to “My dear Jack” [John Hoar], Concord, June 24, 1917, on 70 Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts letterhead.  70 Main Street was later renumbered 186 Main Street.

ALS, Edward Waldo Emerson to “Dear Mrs. Hoar” [Helen Putnam Wadleigh Hoar (Mrs. Samuel)], Concord, July 10, 1917.


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