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1788.09.14 — Charles Phelps to Moses Charles Porter Phelps, September 14, 1788

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1788.09.14 — Charles Phelps to Moses Charles Porter Phelps, September 14, 1788


Charles Phelps informs his Moses (Charles Porter Phelps), studying at Harvard, that Reverend Austin is getting married. In the first part of the letter, Charles Phelps explains how his wife (Elizabeth Porter Phelps) tried to contact Moses in Cambridge, sending a letter and then sending General Porter, both without response. Charles Phelps instructs Moses to meet with Reverend Austin in Cambridge. Charles Phelps then explains that he received a letter from Moses and instructs him to write a letter to Reverend Austin. Charles Phelps affirms the family's good condition. He closes the letter by reminding Moses to remember his family and to be a well-behaved college student.


Charles Phelps


Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers (Box 4, Folder 5)
University of Massachusetts Special Collections and University Archives




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Sunday evening 14th Sept 1788
My Son
Having an opportunity by Revd Mr Austin would inform you, your Momma sent you a letter last week by General Porter – but as you were not to be found, He left word to have you meet him in Boston – you not attending to it – and his business calling him home through Little Cambridge, brought the letter home – inclosed I send the Letter – your Momma sends by Mrs Austin / alias Jerusha Hopkins / for the [article?] she desired you to get in her letter to you – Mr Austin is to be marryed to Miss Jerusha Hopkins, this evening – and tomorrow they set out for Boston if he comes to Cambridge you will hear him with Complacence – I received your Letter by Roger Smith left Fryday – you will write by Mr Austin if you have opportunity – We are all well and desire to be remembered to you – Behave yourself as a steady, studious, youth –

I am your Affectionate Father,
Charles Phelps