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Autograph Letters, Papers, and
Bequeathed to the
Published at the Charge of the Waterston Fund
By his will the Reverend Robert C. Waterston left under certain conditions to the Massachusetts Historical Society his Library and collection of Autograph Letters, Papers and Documents, besides the sum of $40,000 for specified purposes. These conditions have now been complied with; and the printing of this Catalogue was one of the purposes named by Mr. Waterston. The Library is a miscellaneous collection, such as a man of leisure and literary tastes would make, who in a general way followed his own personal inclination rather than any special branch of study. Books relating to England and Great Britain and works on architecture and the fine arts are largely represented in the collection. There are also some missals and other early manuscripts, and nearly a score of incunabula.
Robert Cassie Waterston was born at Kennebunk, Maine, on March 20, 1812, and died in Boston, on February 21, 1893. He was married, on April 21, 1840, to Anna Cabot Lowell, youngest daughter of President Josiah Quincy; she died in Newton, on