Location: Greensville, Virginia
Surnames/tags: Wright Charlton Moody
- My Dear Martha
- Your Mother received your letter by Miss Wilkins, which afforded us much pleasure. We are happy to hear you continue to be pleased; and are making progress in your studies. You need give yourself no uneasiness for a moment on account of your expenses. I will endeavour to meet them in the best manner possible. I will write to a friend of mine to settle with Mrs Waddy for your board. You will pay Mrs Hachley for your tuition out of the funds already in your possession. I am sorry it is out of my power to furnish you with more but it will not always be so. I am determined to exert myself to provide amply for your wants while you remain in my care. Your Mothers situation at this time would make your stay with us more agreeable & necessary than ever.
- She requests me to say to you she is tolerably well & very anxious to see her dear Martha in which I most cordially unite.
- When you write again let me know at what time you wish to leave Norfolk, & also the way you would prefer to come.
- Your Br William has arrived in this country but we have not seen him.
- There is nothing of interest to communicate from these parts at present.
- My dear Child devote yourself assiduously to the improvement of your mind. Lose sight at the present of the vanities of the world and devote your time to study. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth and you will never see cause to regret it. You have the prayers of your dear Mother & myself daily offered to Heaven for you. Oh may they ultimately avail in your behalf. Give our respects to the family & any inquiring friends. Your Mother unites with me in expressions of the most sincere attachment for our dear Martha.
- Yours affy,
- Yours affy,
Addressed to: Miss Martha W. Wright.
- Care of Joseph F Cunningham
- Return address: Hick's Ford Va
- June 11th 1831
- Postage: 12 1/2
- VLR (Virginia Leigh Refo)
A letter from Rev. George W. Charlton to Martha William Wright, his step-daughter who is studying in Norfolk. Her mother is Martha Robinson (Crump) Wright Charlton whose "situation" calling for the return of Martha is pregnancy (Mary Jane Charlton was born 19 August 1831). Miss Wilkins, Mrs. Waddy and Mrs. Hachley are unknown to me, as is Joseph F. Cunningham. Martha's uncle John Hamilton Patterson was from Norfolk and these people may have connections to him. I certainly believe that is why she is studying in Norfolk. I presume that is the "family" referred to, although Rev. Charlton may have had family there also. He was born in Williamsburg. Brother William is William H. Wright, from whom there are several letters in this collection. He has evidently returned from Western Tennessee for a visit. He is Martha's half brother, he being the child of William Wright and his 1st wife, Ann (Blunt) Drew Wright, and Martha being the child of William Wright's 3rd marriage to Martha Crump.
- Many thanks to cousin Virginia Leigh Refo whose research and transcriptions added to this profile. The originals were donated to the Library of Virginia in 2004 by Liz Edens Vermillion with the help of Virginia Refo Moody Family Papers, 1750-1881. Accession 40535, Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
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