Letter from Jonathan Abbatt to Mary Dilworth (later Abbatt), Jun 24, 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). Jonathan writes that he's very pleased that at their last meeting, Mary addressed him as something more affectionate. He had considered her as more than a friend for a while, but is happy that she also feels this way. He mentions that his brother's wedding is next month, where he'll be a groomsman, and their sister will be a bridesmaid. This is also the first appearance of Jonathan addressing Mary as "Polly" in the letter.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 3 pages
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 53.90081, -2.77417
Additional physical characteristics
  • Handwritten in black ink. Stamp cut out from envelope.
Physical repository Collection
  • Abbatt Family Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2011-039, File: 1.1
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • October 23, 2020
Technical note
  • Metadata by MT.
  • Contact Special Collections and University Archives for access to the original. This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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