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It was common in the eighteenth 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 of Hannah Taylor (born 1722). The letter answers 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 gives 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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