The Diaries of Julia Cowles: A Connecticut Record, 1797-1803

The Diaries of Julia Cowles: A Connecticut Record, 1797-1803

The Diaries of Julia Cowles: A Connecticut Record, 1797-1803

The Diaries of Julia Cowles: A Connecticut Record, 1797-1803

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Julia Cowles, of Farmington, Connecticut, was born October 18, 1785. An account of her life is given in two letters written by her in 1802:

The early part of my life was spent at school under the direction of different masters, where I learned reading, writing, etc. My Parents willing to give their children time and opportunity to improve their talents, they sent me to Litchfield in the summer of '97, being in the fall 11 years of age.

The winter following was spent at home, and in '98 I was again at L-----d [Litchfield] in Miss Sally Pierce's school; with which I was at that time much pleased, and had I improved according to my opportunity, there would perhaps have been no serious cause of regret; but not knowing the value of time, being too young to go from home, to be destitute of the verbal instruction of my Parents, without the advice of more experienced friends; or I may more justly say: that I had too good an opinion of myself to hear the advice I received from my Uncle and Aunt rightly;† or that they did not enforce it sufficiently by a repetition. As it has since appeared, it was evidently their united wish that I might behave well, still they did not think proper to say . . .

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