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Kate Hewitt and Family Papers

Identifier: mss-670

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is correspondence to Kate Hewitt. Most of it is from S.D. Harris and Cyrus G. Pringle. These collections are interesting because of their candid nature, and their time-span of several years, allowing researchers of these two men to gain insight into their personal lives. Cyrus Pringle writes of his love for his mother and his intense dislike for his wife, who he divorced in 1877, and his daughter who appears to have taken after her mother. Also included in the collection are Louisa Hewitt’s widow’s pension papers and a few letters written to Pitt Hewitt, which may be of interest to those studying the War of 1812. The collection also contains photographs of many of the people mentioned in the letters, as well as invitations, calling cards, and assorted newspaper clippings. The complete obituaries of S.D. Harris and his son A.L. Harris provide excellent biography of those men. There is also a folder of genealogy information including both information compiled by an archivist and information collected by branches of the Hewitt family. This information is a good starting point for anyone researching the Hewitts or the Pringles, Highleys, Harrises, or Tuttles, among others mentioned. There is little information known about Kate Hewitt or her vocation, and it does not appear that she is a person of particular historical interest. Judging by the volume of letters and the candid nature of her correspondents, it appears that she was an avid letter writer who encouraged sincere expression from others.


  • 1832-1911


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Catherine (Kate) Hewitt of East Charlotte was the daughter of Lucy R. (Harris) Hewitt and Pitt E. Hewitt. Pitt was a native of Pawlet and a private of Captain Brown's Vermont Militia during the war of 1812. One of Kate's cousins on her mother's side was Mr. Sullivan Dwight (S.D.) Harris, who was born in Middlebury but was an early settler to Ohio in the 1830s. He was active in the Episcopal Church and was also involved in publishing, business, and writing in Ohio. His son A.L. Harris was a prominent doctor, politician, engineer, and businessman in Atlanta, Georgia.

Another of Kate's cousins was Cyrus G. Pringle (Prindle) of Charlotte. He was an important man in the field of botany who is credited with discovering over one thousand new species of plant, mostly in Mexico and the southwestern United States. He also set up the Pringle Herbarium at the University of Vermont, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science. Cyrus is also notable for being a conscientious objector who refused to serve after being drafted in the Civil War. His published diary tells of his Quaker convictions and of his experiences following his refusal to serve. Both Cyrus and S.D. have been described as largely self-taught men of humble origins who made much of themselves far from home.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains correspondence to Hewitt, mainly from prominent relatives S.D. Harris and Cyrus Pringle; as well as family photos.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the Kate Hewitt and Family Papers
2018 March
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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