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Bloomsdale Oct. 17th 1833.
"I long have thought my absent friends, a something to have sent you,
Tho' it should serve nae other ends, than just a kind memento."
Thy letter bearing date of twenty seventh of last month- came to hand after some detention- and has determined me to set about writing immediately- as I owe it, both to my duty, and my feelings, to send a speedy reply to thy communication- containing intelligence of a nature- which astonished & vexed me not a little. I was astonished, thee should suppose me to be the author of that document, styled by thee, the "witty letter;" and vexed, that any one should descend to such meanness- as thus to endeavour to practice upon thy credulity. As for me, I must disclaim all knowledge or connection with it in any way- and I do not envy the person who could be guilty of such an action- any of the wit it displayed- or grammatical learning- which if I understood thee rightly it is woefully deficient in.
By the bye, I am much indebted for the compliment, of having so fine a piece of wit and learning, attributed as the production of my hand and pen- at the same time I will frankly own- from some expressions in thy letter- I think the shadow of a doubt more than [---] crossed thy mind as to my being in reality, the author.
And now the question is- who can have been the offenders and against whom are we to direct our honest indignation? for I assure thee I feel no small share- I have not the slightest idea who it can be and yet some one it wd. seem, who had some knowledge of the circumstances- must have had a hand in it. I think the want of learning displayed- could only have been a part of their plan to avoid detection- and not from real ignorance of the rules of grammar. I've a womans curiosity to see the letter, and know all about it.
|Title||1833 October 17, Bloomsdale, to William D. Cope|
|Creator||Cope, Susan L. Newbold, 1805-1872|
|Recipient||Cope, William D. (William Drinker), 1798-1873|
|Gender of Author||F|
|Age of Author||20-30|
New York (N.Y.)
Susquehanna County (Pa.)
|Place Of Origin||Bloomsdale (Pa.)|
|Destination||Woodbourne (Susquehanna County, Pa.)|
|Notes||Susan's reply to Williams of September 27, in which he suggested she may be the true author of critical letter he received from pseudonymous writer "Dorothy Dolittle."|
|Repository||Haverford College Special Collections|
|Source||MS Coll 1170|
|Online Finding Aid||http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/aids/copeevans/|
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|Department||Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections|
|Collection||Cope - Evans family papers, 1732-1911|