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Lowell Mason letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872.
Title: Lowell Mason letter
Dates: 1819-1821
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0548

Biographical/Historical Note

Lowell Mason (1792-1872), musical educator and hymn writer, was born in Medfield, Massachusetts. In 1812 he came to Savannah as a bank clerk. In Savannah, he taught singing, and was the organist and Sunday School teacher for the Independent Presbyterian Church. He left Savannah in 1827. With F.L. Abel he published The Boston Handel and Haydn Society's Collection of Church Music (1822), which was republished in many later editions.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three letters from Lowell Mason to John R. Parker. In the first letter Mason states that he received a violoncello and seraph and that he has ordered Handel's work. He states that the church (Independent Presbyterian Church) is almost complete. In the second letter, Mason states that he has translated part of Mozart's Requiem to English. He mentions his proposed music publication in the third letter.

Index Terms

Arrangement (Music)
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759.
Independent Presbyterian Church (Savannah, Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lowell Mason letters, MS 548, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1949, 1950.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Lowell Mason letter to John R. Parker, 1849 March 6 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Has received a violoncello and seraph and has ordered Handel's work. Independent Presbyterian Church almost completed; orders music.
Item 2: Lowell Mason letter to John R. Parker, 1821 May 2 ( 3.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Regarding orders; has adapted part of Mozart's Requiem to English.
Item 3: Lowell Mason letter to John R. Parker, 1821 June 21 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Regarding Mason's proposed music publication.