Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Courtship Letters~ Second Installment

This is the second installment of a transcript of the letters of courtship from my great grandfather Clarence Hayward White to Alice Heald in 1888. To see the first installment go here.

I will be getting some pictures of them in the next few weeks  that I'll post so you can see what my great grandparents looked like.

Click on the blocks of text to enlarge for ease of reading.

Just so you have a photo to look at, this a photo their daughter, my grandmother, Marion Hayward White on the Championship team taken in 1914 or 1915 when she was attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Marion is on the far left.


  1. what an amazing letter and how lucky you are to have this AND photos! what will you do with this?

  2. Some heavy philosophy going on here, we sure don't write like that any more. Such ideals and dreams, marvelous. I love the comments about colleges churning folks interested only in the Almighty Dollar,
    how true is that today!!!!! How great to have those letters and photos. xox Corrine

  3. I'm not sure what I'll do with it just yet, Cat although I did just finish sewing one of my little bags with an image of my husband's great-grandfather and he loved it being the historian and archivist of his own family that he is. I hope to have my mother let me at least scan his script which would be much more art-worthy and work with that.

    And Corrine, I was struck as well by the sentiments that hold true today!
    xoxox Kim

  4. Yes I was too ....Jim and I are always having discussions about how education is now only about results and numbers and they have forgotten about that we are human and need a rounded education with arts as important as everything else ...if not MORE important in today's society ....so it was interesting to read that ...xx

  5. I can't help but wonder how these letters were received and what she wrote back. Do you have those?

  6. Kass, I wondered the exact same thing!

    "Oh my goodness, I wonder what she thought of that?"

    As I read through that remarkable letter, I kept wondering what sort of sense of humor he had...and then lo and behold, he cracks joke at the end of that missive! Wonderful.

  7. Yes, I do have 4 or five responses from Alice coming up!


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