Letter from Mariann Wolcott to her brother, Frederick

Hartford 23d Jany

My dear brother

I intended to have written you a
long letter this evening, but ^have been ben prevented by
company who have this moment left me.

You recollect that you mention=d to me
Mr. Miller=s attention to Mary Wyllys-since
you was here he has formally declared himself
her lover, and requested permission to wait on
her home__ Mrs Wyllys, who is inform=d of this,
feels anxious, as any parent of sensibility and
principle naturally would._ I wish you
would take pains to inform yourself of Mr
Millers real character, and situation, what
his prospects, and views are, as to settleing
in the world -&c Mrs Wyllys sends
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St John to accompany Mary home, considering
a brother to be the most proper escort for her
-If Mr. Miller is really attach=d to Mary he
may visit her without making his attentions so
public as they would be if he should wait on
her home__ you possess her confidence; she
looks upon you in some light as a brother;
_ I think it your duty to advise her to be
cautious, and upon her guard, with respect to
entering into engagements that she may
hereafter repent of_ do not let her know
that I have written to you upon the subject,
but talk with her, if you can, before she
leaves town about Miller, and find out how
she feels towards him-discover also all
that you can of the gentlemans feelings, and
let me know__ They are too young to
be married yet a while, but if the young
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man will behave himself well for one or
two years, I think he may possibly arrive
at the summit of his wishes.

Mr. Van Scharick is in town he
enquires affectionately after you, & wants to
see you.

We are all well as usual-give
[torn] affectionate regards to all friends, [torn]
Huntington in particular, & believe me
ever yours very affectionately

M. A. Goodrich

From the Alice Wolcott Collection, Box 1, Folder 33, Litchfield Historical Society