Letter from Jonathan Abbatt to Mary Dilworth (later Abbatt), Mar 28, 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). After a successful meeting with Mary's parents, Jonathan writes that he can see how happy she is with her family, and that if they were to get married, he would devote himself to making her happy and comfortable. He notes that after he left, he met Joseph and Lucy Jackson, which means Jonathan Jackson now knows of his visit. Jonathan then mentions visiting his sister Jane in Bolton, and that she is looking better than before. He jokes that he is hoping to have her in his debt in regards to amount of correspondence, and will look forward to seeing the postman.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 5 pages
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 53.90081, -2.77417
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: 1.1
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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