Letter from Mary Dilworth (later Abbatt) to Jonathan Abbatt, April 11, 1853


This letter is part of a series of courtship correspondence between Jonathan Abbatt and Mary Dilworth (later Abbatt). The Abbatt family was a Quaker family who lived in the towns and villages of Preston, Ribchester, and Garstang in Lancashire, England. The letters chronicle the courtship, discussions of faith, local events, shared sentiments, etc. Mary sometimes addressed as Polly in the letters. Please note that the months on the letters’ dates were added as numerical values rather than the month's name (e.g. 2 Mo = February). Mary is surprised at the forwardness of Jonathan's last letter, but after thinking about it, she thinks it was because she was enjoying the attention that he was giving her. She mentions that despite the attentions, it's a good idea to still have some independence. She thinks his suggestion to meet again is a good idea for both of them. Jonathan wrote that he thought his actions were too forward, but Mary appreciates the way he has gone about it.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 4 pages ; 18.3 x 22.4 cm
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 53.76282, -2.70452
Additional physical characteristics
  • Handwritten in black ink. Stamp on envelope.
Physical repository Collection
  • Abbatt Family Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2011-039, File: 1.9
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • November 14, 2023
Technical note
  • Scanned on EPSON 10000XL (600 dpi no correction) by MTNote: there was a lot of colour correction done (brightness/contrast), especially from Abbatt_2011-039_1-12_361 to the end of the collection. Brightness/contrast settings are noted in README file.Scale: 65% reduction unless notedMetadata by MT
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