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It was customary in the 18th century for a young man to ask the parents or guardian of the girl he wished to marry for permission to continue his courtship. Samuel Field (1743-1800) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, was the uncle and guardian ("since her kind and dutifull behaviour towards me and my Family, has much endeared her to me, so that she seems more like a Child than a Niece") of Hannah Taylor (born 1722). The letter responds to the request by Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833) to marry Hannah. Field admits that he does not pretend to control Hannah, but he feels the match would be a good one and he extends to Mr. Hoyt his best wishes for success in courting her.


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Letter to Colonel Elihu Hoyt

author   Samuel Field (1743-1800)
date   Feb 15, 1794
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   7.5"
width   6.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L99.167

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Colonel Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833)

Announcement of Marriage Intention of Wells & Hoyt

Wedding Ring of Mrs. Hannah (Taylor) Hoyt

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