Collection: Serjeant Family Letters, 1769-1840
Item: Letter to Elizabeth Browne Rogers Roche from Winwood Serjeant (19 January 1769)
Her passage, being a lady, in the days of yore, as
famous for her amorous intrigues, as for her beauty
of which her ladiship had the title of the Goddess. _
Excuse this excursion : — Mr Winthrop’s infirm state
of health not suffering him to undertake so long a
journy, & which may be attended with fatigue, hunger
& watching, has prudently deputized the Son of Judge
Danforth for the observator of his most rare Pho-
nomenon that is to be exhibited in the heavens on
Saturday 3d June the current year at 5 OClock exactly
This uncommon —rary-show—not to be seen again
by mortal eyes for this hundred years to come.
This Young Gentle man will think himself under
vast obligation [^] for any information [^] you can give him of this said Lake.
—What is its distance from Mechelamacenak?
more particularly - what is its commonly computed longi-
tude from London? - what latituted? exactly.
Is it commonly & safely passable by boats? The young
Gentleman would not be drowned for all the Venus’s
on Earth. - Are there any settlements at or near
the Lake? Be they French, English, or Indians?
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