Dudley Chase



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Dudley chastises George for not responding to his letter. He reports on the publishing success of Martha Cotton and expresses concern over George's mental well being at College.




Randolph, VT


Geroge Chase, Dudley Chase, College, Martha Cotton, Randolph, New Haven


Randolph August 14th 1816

Dear George,

I have expected to receive letters from you, accompanying your “Secretoire” before now. The four months are past. Has the project failed? I have incidentally, learnt by letter from Hartford, that soon after your [Dear] Father began to recover from his late alarming sickness, you returned to N.H. and was busily employed “in making up lost time & preparing for the “Secretoire”. I suppose that to these causes I am to attribute your silence in regard to your Vermont Friends, who, you know love you most sincerely, and never open your letters, but with the most heartfelt delight. The time of your promised visit, however approached and will soon come — We count the days with pleasing anticipation. Your Aunt often mentions you & wishes to be most kindly remembered to you. Martha Cotton, is published! & will probably be married before long. She is a correspondent of yours; but I suppose that important fact was not among the items of her epistolary anecdotes. And who do you think is the man destined for her husband? I’ll venture you will not hit right in guessing 1000 times.

The [extinguishment] of my intended and heartly-promised visit to Hartford this summer, cost me many a struggle, But my affairs were so much at [sense & severe] that I would not without a great violation of property house my wishes in that [particular]. My excuses are made & I hope will be satisfactory to your Honored Father, who continues to insist and [?] about it, even in his last letter.

We hope, George, that you are agreeably situated at College, but [worry] that your hard study, your ambition, and the “Secretoire” will prove to much for you. “Let your moderation be known to all” and keep yourself in good health & spirits. Don’t fail to come immediately after vacation commences. We have already imagined the many good things we have to say, & the pleasant hours we shall spend with you. — Write to us immediately on your receipt of this. We are all well and [way] much in state good. All send love to you.

Farewell Dear George, may the choicest blessings attend you.

Yours with the most cordial affection

Dudley Chase

Mr. George Chase New Haven Connecticut

Letter to George Chase



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