1805: Thaddeus Larned to Abigail (“Nabby”) Larned

This letter was written by Thaddeus Larned (1756-1818) to his daughter, Abigail (“Nabby”) Larned (1790-1845). Nabby’s mother was Abigail Russell but she died in 1797 and at the time this letter was written in 1805, Thaddeus was remarried to Abigail’s sister, Esther Russell (1762-1816).  Thaddeus mentions his brother, Simon Larned (1753-1817) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the letter. Simon was married to Ruth Bull of Hartford in 1784 and served as a representative from Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1804 to 1805.

Apparently Nabby Larned attending a female seminary in Hartford and resided with Thomas Bull, a relative of Simon Larned’s wife.

Thaddeus Larned was a farmer, magistrate, and land speculator in Thompson, Connecticut. He was a direct descendent of William Learned (1590-1646) who, originally from England, settled and died in Massachusetts. Thaddeus’ grandfather, William (1687-1747), moved to Connecticut, where Thaddeus’ father, Simon, was born.

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Addressed to Miss Nabby Larned, Hartford, to the Care of Mr. Thomas Bull

Thompson [Connecticut]
July 10, 1805

Dear Nabby,

By a letter from brother Simon, I am informed of your safe arrival at Hartford, and conclude by this time you will be glad to hear from the family. Accordingly (among the care and bustle of business in haying), I steal a moment to write you. [I] can inform you that we are all at present enjoying the blessing of health.

I have to inform you also of the death of Hannah Spalding. She died on the morning of the 25th June last very sudden. She had rode out as usual the day before, went to bed apparently as well as common, died about day break, instantly, without being able to speak to her parents – a loud call to us all to be also ready. Simon did not return to Woodstock ‘till after the funeral, which was attended by a large concourse of people.

Brother Simon informs me that Mr. Thomas Bull will furnish you with any articles you need. I doubt not but you will be prudent & economical in your expenses, hope you pay more attention to your studies, and be careful & reserved in your behavior.

Wish you to write me immediately as the family are anxious to hear from you, whether you are contented, what you are learning &c. If you get this seasonably you may put a letter into the Post Office so that I may have it Saturday evening next.

The family join in love to you & Miss Harriot.

I am your affectionate Father, — Thaddeus Larned

Your Mama wishes you to be particularly careful of your ankle & inform whether it still remains lame.


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