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Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) to Sarah W. Hale

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08934.025 Author/Creator: Hale, Aurelia (ca. b. 1798) Place Written: Mount Ariel, SC Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 May 1828 Pagination: 4 p. : address : 20.6 x 25.3 cm.

This appears to be the first letter to her sister in many months. She speaks at length about matrimony and says that she has spent eighteen months deliberating on it. She says that she has been reflecting on whether to "marry a respectable, pious and smart young man (that had my affections) with barely a competency - or marry for riches and perhaps without love." Despite her original intentions of marrying a "rich planter," she chose to marry for love, and on May 1 married Thomas Jefferson de Yampert, whose family has some money but who is a younger son. She says: "I feel confident that I shall be happy." She apologizes for not sending money to their brother James for their mother's gravestone, but promises to do so as soon as they can afford it. She also promises to send for Sarah when they are settled elsewhere.

Aurelia Hale was born in Glastonbury, in Hartford, Connecticut sometime before 20 December 1798.

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