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Collection: Serjeant Family Letters, 1769-1840


Item: Letter to Elizabeth Browne Rogers Roche from Winwood Serjeant (19 January 1769)




My Dear Sistr Rogers.


I am going to present you with a curious sort of a

Letter. — A chuckle head of a fellow came to

our house last night to get some intelligence of

Lake Superior, where he is going soon you must

know, star gazing. He thought we could give

him some general account from what we might

have heard you speak of it; but as we could not

answer many of his very important questions,

desired us to write instantly, & beg all ye in-

formation you or your friends could give relative

to its situation & precise distance from Michela-

macanak &c &c. — To be serious: the case is this.

The famous Dr Fanklyn has wrote to Mr. Winthop

recommending it to [^] him to [^] repair to Lake Superior, in

order to take a more accurate observation of

Lady Venus’s transit, or passage, over the Disk, in

plain English over the face of his high Majesty

the Sun: particularly to remark her Ladiship’s motion

& behavior, whether she ogles his majesty in





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