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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