Sarah Whitaker, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 April 21


abstractSarah writes her husband Nathaniel in reference to his previous letters to her, and about matters at home.

handwritingHandwriting is informal, yet clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages has been heavily reinforced, which makes it difficult to gauge the condition of the paper. It appears to be in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear.


layoutOn two recto, the last paragraph continues along the left margin of the page.

noteworthyOn one recto, a symbol that appears to be a 9 over an X, is added over the date in what looks like ballpoint pen.

  My dear Husband 
I received your Letter dated  Feby 23d & 28, last Thurſday & rejoice to hear of your  Welfare & in Gods kindeſs to you in taking Care  of you in the continual Change of Scenes thro' which  you have been & are yet daily paſsing — may  God continue to preſerve you in all your ways —
Thro' the manifold Goodneſs of God we are all  well & have been so since I wrote you laſt —
you want ^in this Letter^ to know what I think of  a Letter which you wrote in Nov.r laſt — I have  received no such Letter nor have I received any  from you ('till that laſt Week) since one dated Oct.r ^from Exeter^ in which one you gave an account of some  Briſtol-Beer &C which you had ship'd from Briſtol  for me & which I received laſt fall — You alſo  in the Same Letter tell me that you was  about to ship a [illegible][guess: p.s] of superfine Broadcloth &C  for me ^in another Ship^ — which I never have heard of Since  & if you did ship them as you propoſed, I  conclude they were loſt in Some Ships which  were caſt away laſt Winter in their Way  from Briſtol to Boſton.  (verte)
You deſire M.r Lothrop's Acco.t for what I  have had of him which is £90..s5 Lawfull beſides  which, I ^have^ received £30 Sterling of M.r Smith of Boſton  laſt spring, & £35 Sterling this Spring; of the £30  Sterling laſt Spring, I improved £20 lawfull to  pay Houſe Rent; & what I have now by me  will the £35 this Spring (I expect) will laſt me  'till Fall — I don't know but you will  think me extravagant; but I think I uſe  the beſt Aconomy I am capable of; & if you  do, I would have ^you^ return as soon as poſsable  & instruct me how to be more frugal. I have  got no Cloaths for myself or Family better than  what you have sent; nor indeed any that I  could do without — I have neither ^got^ my Chairs  for which you sent Bottoms. nor the Pictures  which you sent me; put into Frames — ^nor do I chuſe to have them done before you come home^  becauſe of the talk it would make among People
You write to me (you say in earneſt) that  you would be glad to see me at Briſtol; but I  can take it not other way than in Jest, you mention  that you Wrote to me in a former Letter about it  & now deſire my thoughts upon it which Letter I  never received & so am uncapable of giving an  Anſwer only this much I can say I can't con­ ­ceive how you think it poſsable for me to leave  my Family (one of which is a Child of but a year  old) to go to Briſtol — I think if I should do it, all  the world would say I had not any Senſes —  but
but had it been no more difficult for me to go Briſtol than  it is for you to come Home I should have embraced your  Invitation at firſt Sight & with all my Heart; and  why then will you not accept of my frequent; my con­ ­tinual Invitations to come home; which I have often  made to you — I want to see you very much & have  a great deal more to say than I can say by way  of Letters or than it would anſwer to say in them  for I understand they are all open'd before they  come to your hand — but this I deſire of you  that you would in your next Letters tell me  when you deſign to come home, & I ^alſo^ requ[gap: stain][guess: eſt]  that it may be no longer than the Fall [gap: stain]  before I ^may^ see you here — Children send much[gap: stain]  tho' they have almoſt forgot that they ever had  a Father — you dieſire ^me^ to inform you what  Things I want in Family — they are as follows  (viz) some dark colour'd thing for your two Daugh ­ters & little Son's every [illegible]Day, common, Gowns [illegible]  Winter — 5 Yards of red Baize — a Winter Gown  for myself to wear to Meeting — a silk Handkerch­ ­ief for myself & 9 Small Do for the Children ^& a Sack of Pins^ — and  Hannah will want some courſething for a Winter  Gown to wear to meeting next Winter —
M.r Woodward has been gone from Norwich five  Months (& is now keeping M.r Wheelocks School)  & as we had no school here for a long time §  § I sent Jamey to that School where he continues yet — M.r Woodward send his  Regards & Reſpects to you & ^also^ to M.r Occom & wiſhes you much more Succeſs — M.r  Occom's Family are all well — pray for Me & our Family —  & accept of moſt sincere Love & Reſpects from
Yours loving Wife ('till Death   Sarah Whitaker 
To the Rev.d Nathl Whitaker
To  The Revd Nathaniel Whitaker  In  London  To the Care of M.r Rob.t Keen}  Woollen-draper in the [illegible][guess: Minories]}  London; of whom Miſs Whitaker}  deſires that this Letter be not open'd 'till it comes}  to M.r Whitakers Hands}   
[bottom]Miſs Whitaker deſires that this Letter be not  open'd 'till it come to M:r Whitakers Hands
From mrs Whitaker  of April 21. 1767  recd July 7. 1767