Frances Baylor letter to John Baylor, 1770 March 25

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Frances Baylor letter to John Baylor, 1770 March 25



Letter of Frances Lucy Walker Baylor, Newmarket plantation, Caroline County, Virginia, to her son, John Baylor in London, England. Mrs. Baylor writes approvingly of John's desire to attend Cambridge University. She writes of her desire to see him and apologizes that the foodstuffs she sent didn't reach him and will try sending them again. The letter was sent to John at Mr. John Norton's. Norton was a London merchant and uncle to John by way of his marriage to Mrs. Walker's sister, Courtenay.


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Virga. New Market 25 May 1770 -

My dearest Johney -

By Mr. Morse I re[c]'d yr very
kind & dutifull letter & I make no Dou[bt] it would
be very agreeable to you to hear oftne[r] [f]rom me but
when I consider you hear often from y[r [torn, illegible] daddy &
well know what a scribe I am h[torn, illegible] will excuse
it I often read yrs to Mr. Baylor [torn, illegible] greatly
to find what an Improvement you [torn, illegible] made in yr
Studies & could I but see you now & [torn, illegible] should be
hearily satisfied but when I consider [torn, illegible] 5 years absence
without a single glance it allmost distrac[ts] me, but
my dear child hope to God all will be for the best. If you
are to be away I highly approve of yr going to Cambridge
the most renowned Seminary of Learning in all England
My dear it does give me more Pleasure to hear of yr health than I can express
which God of his infinite Mercy continue. I have by
several Oppors. heard that yr affected side is much
amended for which God of his infinite Mercy be praised
I am extreemly sorry you have been disappointed in
not getting the fine choice hams Cyder old brandy &
fine Madeira which were pack'd up & sent to Ayletts
Warehouse for you you may depend upon another attempt
this year. Pray finish yr Education my dear as soon as possible for
we all cannot bear any longer without seeing you. I shall
write again by Capt Robertson we caught a great many redd
& mockg. Birds but by one Accident or other lost them all
The whole Family desir to be rembred to you though
nome more so than

My dear Johney yr. most tender
& Affect. Mother -
Frances Baylor

[Address leaf]

No 66.

Mr. John Baylor
at Mr. John Nortons Mercht.
in London.

Original Format

Ink on paper


Baylor, Frances Lucy Walker, 1728-1783, “Frances Baylor letter to John Baylor, 1770 March 25,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed December 6, 2022,

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