Harriet Stubbs



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Harriet writes that many of her acquaintances are "the most fashionable people in Georgetown." The manners and customs are vastly different here from those in Ohio. Stubbs tells about formal society life and describes a typical afternoon call and the role of calling cards. Unfortunately, she despises this formality and is much more comfortable with members of the Methodist society. Her friends seem to enjoy her but "do not see her heart." She longs to return to Ohio and "that sweet retreat from the world which I once enjoyed at Sandusky." Whenever Harriet mentions returning to Ohio, Rebecca (stepsister) becomes very upset. Harriet cannot bear to hurt Rebecca who has "so tenderly guarded the helpless orphan that my dear departed father committed to her care." [Most likely Rev. Robert Stubbs, Campbell, Ky, Episcopal priest and renowned teacher, taught John McLean, died 1815. See will of Robert Stubbs,]. Finally she worries what will become of her mother [Sarah Edwards Stubbs?, appears to have abandoned her daughter following death of husband]. Harriet states -- "Before I came away she seemed to dislike my very appearance." Abstract Number - 26

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Georgetown (Washington City)


Wyandot Mission Letters; Social Life; Rebecca McLean; Orphan; Robert Stubbs

Letter from Harriet Stubbs to James B. Finley