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

Author Whitaker, Sarah

Date21 April, 1767

ms number767271.2

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.

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

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My dear Husband
I received your Letter dated February 23rd and 28, last Thursday and rejoice to hear of your Welfare and in Gods kindness to you in taking Care of you in the continual Change of Scenes through which you have been and are yet daily passing — may God continue to preserve you in all your ways —
Through the manifold goodness of God we are all well and 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 November last — I have received no such Letter nor have I received any from you (until that last Week) since one dated October 11th from Exeter in which one you gave an account of some Bristol-Beer etc. which you had shipped from Bristol for me and which I received last fall — You also in the Same Letter tell me that you was about to ship a [illegible][guess: piece] of superfine Broadcloth etc. for me in another Ship — which I never have heard of Since and 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 Mr. Lathrop's account for what I have had of him which is £90 5s lawful besides which, I received £30 Sterling of Mr. Smith of Boston last spring, and £35 Sterling this Spring; of the £30 Sterling last Spring, I improved £20 lawful to pay House Rent; and the £35 this Spring (I expect) will last me until Fall — I don't know but you will think me extravagant; but I think I use the best economy I am capable of; and if you do, I would have you return as soon as possible and instruct me how to be more frugal. I have got no clothes 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 choose 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 no other way than in Jest, you mention that you Wrote to me in a former Letter about it and now desire my thoughts upon it which Letter I never received and so am uncapable of giving an answer only this much I can say I can't con­­ceive how you think it possible 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 and with all my Heart; and why then will you not accept of my frequent; my con­­tinual Invitations to come home; which I have often made to you — I want to see you very much and 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 opened 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, and 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] though they have almost forgot that they ever had a Father — you desire me to inform you what Things I want in Family — they are as follows (viz) some dark coloured thing for your two Daugh­ters and little Son's every Day, common, Gowns [illegible] Winter — 5 Yards of red Baize — a Winter Gown for myself to wear to Meeting — a silk Handkerch­­ief for myself and 9 Small Do for the Children and a Sack of Pins — and Hannah will want some course thing for a Winter Gown to wear to meeting next Winter —
Mr. Woodward has been gone from Norwich five Months (and is now keeping Mr. Wheelocks School) and as we had no school here for a long time § § I sent Jamey to that School where he continues yet — Mr. Woodward send his Regards and Respects to you and also to Mr. Occom and wishes you much more Success — Mr. Occom's Family are all well — pray for Me and our Family — and accept of most sincere Love and Respects from
Your loving Wife (until Death Sarah Whitaker
To the Rev. Nathaniel Whitaker
To The Rev. Nathaniel Whitaker In London To the Care of Mr. Robert Keen} Woollen-draper in the [illegible][guess: Minories]} London; of whom Miss Whitaker} desires that this Letter be not opened until it comes} to Mr. Whitakers Hands} Miss Whitaker desires that this Letter be not opened until it come to Mr. Whitakers Hands
From Mrs. Whitaker of April 21. 1767 received July 7. 1767