Letter from Frederick Wolcott to his wife, Betsey

Litchfield November 11th, 1811

My dear Betsey,

It gave me great pleasure to be
informed by your letter of the 4.th inst. and also
by our Cousin Jabez, that you are regaining
your health. If you meet with no accident so
as to occasion a relapse I think you will soon
enjoy health. I hope you continue to exersise
in the open air & that you are frequently about
the house in different rooms. I rejoice that the
little Child has become quiet & playful. My
intention is to go for you on friday, unless I
again receive counter orders. People here inquire
of me whether the Assembly granted you a
bill. We cannot make out a School for Miss
Collins. Several of our Neighbors complain
about the expense. I believe we shall employ
Miss Wallace this Winter to keep school in Miss
Kirby's Office. I think of sending Huntington to
Parson March, but I do not wish you to mention
this to him at present as we may determine
otherwise. - I shall bring down your Muff &c and
the Childs flannel Gown. - I hope you have
determined on a name for the little Girl. Mr
C. Webster had a little Child christened the last
sabbath which was called Harriet Maria & I
think the name an excellent one, & Jabez
agrees with me in this opinion. Is it not strange
he should! - Miss Chandler has taken care of your
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Pickles & made you Sweet meats & a capital
parcel of Candles & tomorrow she says
she shall boil sweet cider & make
apple & quince Sauce. - you may be assured
we have a notable old lady here & she appears
to enjoy herself very well. - The Culver Girl I
believe will come here this Week. She will come
when we wish - & the black Girl says she will
not engage so but she can come if you shall
want her. - I have sent word to Mrs. Tracy that
I cannot carry her further than Hartford - I
understand she has concluded to go on tomorrow
in the Stage. I imagine she intended to spend
a few weeks at Norwich. - Mr. & Mrs. Collier
have been here to bid us all farewell & I
suppose are now on their journey to their
son's in the State of New York - where they intend
to remain. C. Butler & his Wife are now here
collecting testimony to support Mrs Marsh's character.
She sued a respectable man for calling her a
Thief. Mr Holmes & Majr Seymour go to Pough-
-keepsie on Thursday to testify in her case. I had
a pressing invitation to accompany them, but I told
Butler I have quite a strong a desire to go in a
different direction to see my Wife & Children.
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Our annual Town Meeting is held to day & it
is time for me to go. Perhaps I shall add a line
in the evening. - If you have got the coating for
my Great Coat why will it not be well to have
my great Coat made before I go down. you know
our Taylor never make my Great Coats large
enough. If it be made let it be a little longer
than our Fathers as I am taller than he is
Monday evening.
Our Town Meeting is over & the
federal ticket prevailed generally.
Expecting to see you Saturday
evening, I remain with love to the Children & all Friends
Your ever affectionate

[Frederick Wolcott signature removed]

P.S.
my wish will be to
set out on our return
the first good day the
next Week.

From the Alice Wolcott Collection, Box 3, Folder 15, Litchfield Historical Society