NOTE: In an effort to ascertain whether or not the optimistic sentiments
expressed in their published works and public speeches also prevailed
in their private letters, the correspondence of some of the important
figures of the Middle Period was searched for evidences of a belief in
progress. Although the fruits were small in proportion to the labor
involved in examining some of the manuscript collections, the results
justify the conclusion that the faith in progress was sincerely held and
not entertained merely for popular consumption. Library of Congress: The following manuscript collections were examined: John Quincy Adams (one vol. of letters and speeches); Joseph Blunt;
Caleb Cushing (large coll. examined for period of this study); Horace
Greeley; James Henry Hammond (Mss. of early orations, and letters
from William Gilmore Simms and Francis Lieber); George Frederick
Holmes; Francis Lieber (especially letters to Samuel B. Ruggles) ; William H. Seward; William Gilmore Simms; Letters of American
Clergymen ( 1719-1873; examined for the period of this study). New York Public Library: Bryant-Godwin Papers (especially Parke
Godwin's letters to Charles A. Dana, and also letters from George
Bancroft, Orville Dewey, William Gilmore Simms, and Charles Sumner) Duyckinck Papers (literary correspondence).
NOTE: The titles in most every case are arranged in the order of the authors
of the original material and not according to the names of the editors
or compilers of the particular work.
| Adams, John. Works, ed.
Charles Francis Adams. 10 vols. Boston, Little
Brown, 1850- 1856.|
| Adams, John Quincy. Writings, ed.
Worthington C. Ford. 7 vols. New
York, Macmillan, 1913- 1917.|
|-----. Ten Unpublished Letters of
John Quincy Adams, 1796- 1837, ed. Edward H. Tatum, Jr. Huntington Library Quarterly, IV ( April, 1941), 369-388.|
| American Library of Useful Knowledge, pub. by . . . the Boston Society for
the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, vol. I, Boston, Stimpson and Clapp, 1831.|
| Armstrong, William J. Memoir and
Sermons, ed. Rev. Hollis Read. New
York, M. W. Dodd, 1853.|
| Bancroft, George. Literary and Historical Miscellanies. New York, Harpers, 1855.|