Of 1842 Letter From Mrs. Margaret Bryan
Transcribed by Judith C. Ware, July 2008
© Judy C. Ware
Original letter owned by Scott & Jane Dudgeon
Colonel Josiah William Ware.
disinterested kindness and polite attention which you have extended towards my daughter
Miss Bryan has placed me under a weight of obligations I feel confident it will never be
in my power to reciprocate. In consequence of
not receiving her letters in due time, I was not aware how very unpleasantly she was
situated until about ten days since, when I received a letter from the lady with whom she
was boarding, which I did not think advisable to answer in any other way than by
immediately sending my son-in-law, Lieut. Walker, to bring my daughter home, for I saw at
once from the style of the writer it was not a suitable place for her, but before he could
have arrived there, Catherine had left the city. They
must have passed each other at
Your Very Obedient Servant,
*** The definition of pecuniary is: Monetary, or pertaining to money
I believe this letter explains the content of the letter from Senator William R. King in 1842. Mrs. Bryan wrote her correspondence in mid-February and the King letter was written just 1½ months later.
Obviously Josiah had loaned some money to a young woman named Catherine Bryan who was caught in a difficult situation at a less than agreeable boarding house. It is of interest to note that Josiahs first wife (Frances Toy Glassell Ware) wrote a letter to her father in 1822 (twenty years earlier and before she was married) describing a very similar situation. She was attending school in Berryville and she wrote her father that she had recently left the place she was boarding at because it was increasingly considered a very improper place for a number of girls there. She ended up staying with her aunt instead while she finished school.
***I would like to thank Scott Dudgeon and his wife for allowing me to copy & transcribe this letter for my historical research. I am deeply grateful.
Placement of family photographs and visual graphics accompanying this piece are the fine work of John Reagan who has been an invaluable help in setting up a website for me entitled Ware Genealogy at www.waregenealogy.com. I will forever be grateful for his expertise and kindness.
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