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Miller, Jannet (fl. 1700) to Robert Livingston re: advising Margaret about Samuel Vetch's character

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00588 Author/Creator: Miller, Jannet (fl. 1700) Place Written: Edinburgh, [Scotland] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1700/12/20 Pagination: 2 p. 29.9 x 18.2 cm

Summary of Content: Jannet Miller writes to her uncle in an effort to dissuade him from granting his blessing on his daughter Margaret marrying Samuel Vetch. Miller writes that Vetch is hated by "al his country and that for his evil deads." She then tells of young Robert's progress in his studies - "he is good conditioned and lovs to be incouraged" but is not yet ready "to make acquaintanc with any of the Scholars." Finally, Jannet requests that both Robert and Margaret favor her with letters, as her immediate family has dwindled in numbers to include only her mother and her cousin, young Robert. Docketed on verso.

Full Transcript: Edinburgh, [Scotland] 20 December 1700
Dear Oncle
Sir I hop youl not be ofended that I tak oupon mie to writ to you on this Subject but truly out of love to ...my Cousing I thougt it my duty to advertise her somthing of what caracter that person is onder hier yea I shoud be ashamed to let any hier know that your Doughter should entertain such a man whoe is haeted by al his country and that for his evil deads therfoer I woud beg of you as you would wish your Doughter hapy that you may not in any means countenanc such a match for by his near relations I hear thy care not though thy never hear any moer of any of the brethren [William] or Samuel but I shal ad no moer of this I hop what my Mother hes said may sufies My Cousing Robert profits very wel at hes latin hes Master givs him a larg comendation and often maks him sencuer to the rest he is good conditiond and lovs to be incouradged he is not confiedent nor rady to make aquaintanc with any of the scholars he had graet los when my Oncls hous waes burnt in losing his cloeths Dear Oncle I would desayr that you woud alow mie the favour of a lin from you I heving no soo near a relation alive except my Mother I would alsoo desayr my Cousing Margret woud fafour mie with a line I hev lost 2 Oncles a Cousing Jermin and some other relations [illegible] in this 7 or 8 months [oure] number are dayly les hapy as thy that are rady that when their Master coms shal find soo doing I shal ad no moor but with my best respects to you and to [2] your La[dy] and my Love to my Cousings espetialy my Cousing Margret I hop shel not take it il that I ame soo plain, but if I can doe any thing that may prevent her ruin I hev gained my end. Soo shal rest
your Loving Nies
Jannet Miller
N York the 4 of June 1701 My neice Jannet millers letter from Edin[burgh] of the 20 December last.
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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryMarriageEducationChildren and Family

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