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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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