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

Author Whitaker, Sarah[pers0583.ocp]

21 April 1767[1767-04-21]

ms number767271.2

[note (type: abstract): Sarah writes her husband Nathaniel in reference to his previous letters to her, and about matters at home.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is informal, yet clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large 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.][note (type: ink): Dark-brown.][note (type: layout): On two recto, the last paragraph continues along the left margin of the page.][note (type: noteworthy): On one recto, a symbol that appears to be a 9 over an X, is added over the date in what looks like ballpoint pen.]
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My dear Husband
I received your Letter dated [Feby | February]FebyFebruary [23d | 23rd]23d23rd[1767-02-23] [& | and]&and 28[1767-02-28], last [Thurſday | Thursday]ThurſdayThursday [& | and]&and rejoice to hear of your Welfare [& | and]&and in Gods [kindeſs | kindness]kindeſskindness to you in taking Care of you in the continual Change of Scenes [thro' | through]thro'through which you have been [& | and]&and are yet daily [paſsing | passing]paſsingpassing — may God continue to [preſerve | preserve]preſervepreserve you in all your ways —
[Thro' | Through]Thro'Through the manifold [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness of God we are all well [& | and]&and have been so since I wrote you [laſt | last]laſtlast
you want ^[above] in this Letter^in this Letter to know what I think of a Letter which you wrote in [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember [laſt | last]laſtlast[1766-11] — I have received no such Letter nor have I received any from you (['till | until]'tilluntil that [laſt | last]laſtlast Week) since one dated [Oct.r | October]Oct.rOctober [ | 11th]11.th11th[1766-10-11] ^[above] from Exeter[place0071.ocp]^from Exeter[place0071.ocp] in which one you gave an account of some [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol-Beer [&C | etc.]&Cetc. which you had [ship'd | shipped]ship'dshipped from [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol[place0020.ocp] for me [& | and]&and which I received [laſt | last]laſtlast fall — You [alſo | also]alſoalso in the Same Letter tell me that you was about to ship a [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [p.s | piece]p.spiece][p.s | piece]p.spiece of superfine Broadcloth [&C | etc.]&Cetc. for me ^[above] in another Ship^in another Ship — which I never have heard of Since [& | and]&and if you did ship them as you [propoſed | proposed]propoſedproposed, I conclude they were [loſt | lost]loſtlost in Some Ships which were [caſt | cast]caſtcast away [laſt | last]laſtlast Winter in their Way from [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol[place0020.ocp] to [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp]. (verte)
You [deſire | desire]deſiredesire [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Lothrop | Lathrop]LothropLathrop[pers1476.ocp]'s [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount for what I have had of him which is [£90..s5 | £90 5s]£90..s5£90 5s [Lawfull | lawful]Lawfulllawful [beſides | besides]beſidesbesides which, I ^[above] have^have received £30 Sterling of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp] of [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp] [laſt | last]laſtlast spring, [& | and]&and £35 Sterling this Spring; of the £30 Sterling [laſt | last]laſtlast Spring, I improved £20 [lawfull | lawful]lawfulllawful to pay [Houſe | House]HouſeHouse Rent; [& | and]&and what I have now by me will the £35 this Spring (I expect) will [laſt | last]laſtlast me ['till | until]'tilluntil Fall — I don't know but you will think me extravagant; but I think I [uſe | use]uſeuse the [beſt | best]beſtbest [Aconomy | economy]Aconomyeconomy I am capable of; [& | and]&and if you do, I would have ^[above] you^you return as soon as [poſsable | possible]poſsablepossible [& | and]&and instruct me how to be more frugal. I have got no [Cloaths | clothes]Cloathsclothes for myself or Family better than what you have sent; nor indeed any that I could do without — I have neither ^[above] got^got my Chairs for which you sent Bottoms. nor the Pictures which you sent me; put into Frames — ^[above] nor do I [chuſe | choose]chuſechoose to have them done before you come home^nor do I [chuſe | choose]chuſechoose to have them done before you come home [becauſe | because]becauſebecause of the talk it would make among People
You write to me (you say in [earneſt | earnest]earneſtearnest) that you would be glad to see me at [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol[place0020.ocp]; but I can take it not other way than in Jest, you mention that you Wrote to me in a former Letter about it [& | and]&and now [deſire | desire]deſiredesire my thoughts upon it which Letter I never received [& | and]&and so am uncapable of giving an [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer only this much I can say I can't con­­ceive how you think it [poſsable | possible]poſsablepossible for me to leave my Family (one of which is a Child of but a year old) to go to [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol[place0020.ocp] — I think if I should do it, all the world would say I had not any [Senſes | senses]Senſessenses but
but had it been no more difficult for me to go [Briſtol | Bristol]BriſtolBristol[place0020.ocp] than it is for you to come Home I should have embraced your Invitation at [firſt | first]firſtfirst Sight [& | and]&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]&and have a great deal more to say than I can say by way of Letters or than it would [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer to say in them for I understand they are all [open'd | opened]open'dopened before they come to your hand — but this I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire of you that you would in your next Letters tell me when you [deſign | design]deſigndesign to come home, [& | and]&and I ^[above] [alſo | also]alſoalso^[alſo | also]alſoalso requ[gap: stain][guess (h-dawnd): [eſt | est]eſtest][eſt | est]eſtest that it may be no longer than the Fall [gap: stain] before I ^[above] may^may see you here — Children send much[gap: stain] [tho' | though]tho'though they have [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost forgot that they ever had a Father — you di[eſire | esire]eſireesire ^[above] me^me to inform you what Things I want in Family — they are as follows (viz) some dark [colour'd | coloured]colour'dcoloured thing for your two Daugh­ters [& | and]&and 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 Handkerch­­ief for myself [& | and]&and 9 Small Do for the Children ^[above] [& | and]&and a Sack of Pins^[& | and]&and a Sack of Pins — and Hannah[pers0761.ocp] will want some [courſething | course thing]courſethingcourse thing for a Winter Gown to wear to meeting next Winter —
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Woodward[pers0610.ocp] has been gone from Norwich[place0174.ocp] five Months ([& | and]&and is now keeping [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]s School) [& | and]&and as we had no school here for a long time § § I sent Jamey[pers0580.ocp] to that School where he continues yet — [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Woodward[pers0610.ocp] send his Regards [& | and]&and [Reſpects | Respects]ReſpectsRespects to you [& | and]&and ^[above] also^also to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] [& | and]&and [wiſhes | wishes]wiſheswishes you much more [Succeſs | Success]SucceſsSuccess[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]'s Family are all well — pray for Me [& | and]&and our Family — [& | and]&and accept of [moſt | most]moſtmost sincere Love [& | and]&and [Reſpects | Respects]ReſpectsRespects from
Yours loving Wife (['till | until]'tilluntil Death Sarah Whitaker[pers0583.ocp]
To the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Nathl | Nathaniel]NathlNathaniel Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]
To The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. Nathaniel Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] In London[place0128.ocp] To the Care of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Rob.t | Robert]Rob.tRobert Keen[pers0301.ocp]} Woollen-draper in the [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): Minories]Minories} London[place0128.ocp]; of whom [Miſs | Miss]MiſsMiss Whitaker[pers0583.ocp]} [deſires | desires]deſiresdesires that this Letter be not [open'd | opened]open'dopened ['till | until]'tilluntil it comes} to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]s Hands}
[bottom] [Miſs | Miss]MiſsMiss Whitaker[pers0583.ocp] [deſires | desires]deſiresdesires that this Letter be not [open'd | opened]open'dopened ['till | until]'tilluntil it come to [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]s Hands
[Miſs | Miss]MiſsMiss Whitaker[pers0583.ocp] [deſires | desires]deſiresdesires that this Letter be not [open'd | opened]open'dopened ['till | until]'tilluntil it come to [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]s Hands
From [mrs | Mrs.]mrsMrs. Whitaker[pers0583.ocp] of April 21. 1767[1767-04-21] [recd | received]recdreceived July 7. 1767[1767-07-07]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers1476.ocp M. r Mr. Lothrop Lathrop mentioned Lathrop, Daniel
pers0497.ocp M. r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0761.ocp Hannah mentioned Whitaker, Hannah
pers0610.ocp M. r Mr. Woodward mentioned Woodward, Bezaleel
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0580.ocp Jamey mentioned Whitaker, James
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0583.ocp Sarah Whitaker writer Whitaker, Sarah (née Smith)
pers0037.ocp Nath l Nathaniel Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0037.ocp Nathaniel Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0301.ocp Rob. t Robert Keen mentioned Keen, Robert
pers0583.ocp Miſs Miss Whitaker writer Whitaker, Sarah (née Smith)
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0037.ocp M: r Mr. Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0583.ocp m rs Mrs. Whitaker writer Whitaker, Sarah (née Smith)

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place0174.ocp Norwich Norwich
place0071.ocp Exeter Exeter
place0020.ocp Briſtol Bristol Bristol
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston
place0128.ocp London London

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1767-04-21 21.st21st April 1767
1767-02-23 FebyFebruary 23d23rd
1767-02-28 28
1766-11 Nov.rNovember laſtlast
1766-10-11 Oct.rOctober 11.th11th
1767-04-21 April 21. 1767
1767-07-07 July 7. 1767

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