Eliza Wiggin



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Eliza regrets that she cannot see Chase and congratulates him on his newborn son. She asks for prayers as she will begin school soon.




Platt, Dudley, Mama


My very dear Sir

I feel very much disappointed that I cannot accompany [Oassa] to see you once more, it would have given me so much pleasure, but [Oassa] will give you his reasons and you will see it is better that I should stay at home.

Mama and I have both been very dull since you left, and it will take some time to reconcile us to your departure. Mama desires me to offer you her sincere congratulations on the birth of your little son, and she hopes that he will live to be a blessing to you and supply the place of the one you have lost. We have sent a few books for Dudley and a few toys, for your other dear children, and a paper case for yourself which if it sometimes reminds you of your friends at Platt will be very gratifying to us. I am soon going to school where I may meet with many temptations, may I ask you sometimes to write me such advice as may enable me to resist these temptations and to pray to God that he [wisely] give me a penitant and hesitant heart with a thorough sense of my own sinfulness and an earnest desire to keep his righteous laws.

My unworthy prayers will always be offered up to the Almighty for your welfare and happiness and the success of your good cause and believe to be your most attached and affectionate friend

Eliza Wiggin

Do not read this letter to anyone as it is written very carelesly [sic] and in a great hurry.

Letter to Philander Chase



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