1798: Dr. John Green, Jr. to William Elijah Green

William Elijah Green (1850s)

This letter was written by Dr. John Green, Jr. (1763-1808) of Worcester, Massachusetts to his younger brother William Elijah Green (1777-1865) while William was a student at Rhode Island College in Providence. Two brothers are mentioned in the letter: Samuel Green (1767-1837) and Meletiah Green (1779-1809). Meletiah was a resident of Jamiaca and family records indicate he died of yellow fever in 1809.

The Green brothers were the sons of Dr. John Green (1736-1799) and Mary Ruggles (1740-1814).

Col. John Whipple (1757-1811) and his wife, Naomi (Angell) Whipple (1755-1827) were family friends of the Greens. They kept a dry goods/clothing store at the foot of Constitution Hill on Main Street in Providence.

Stampless Letter

Addressed to Mr. William Green, Student at Rhode Island College, Providence [Rhode Island]

Worchester [Massachusetts]
June 22, 1798

Dear William,

I have this moment received a line from you dated 18th inst. It gives me much pain to find that it did not arrive sooner so that I might have furnished you an answer before our people left off from Providence but it is impossible. Go immediately to Col. Whipple and if he has not left off with the girls for Worcester, give our most sincere regards to him and tell him that if he can possibly bring his sister to Worcester, that no pains shall be spared upon his bringing her immediately on, and do not accept of any excuse.

I did not receive any amount of the Old Duns Elonement until Mr. Weatherhead (as you call him) gave me the letter. Am happy that you found her without trouble.

Matters of finance are such that I cannot find you a dollar at present but hope I can shortly. Give my best respects together with Mrs. Green’s to all our acquaintances — especially Capt. John Martin, lady & family.

I am your loving brother, — John Green, Jr.

N. B. Little Healey has recovered so far as to go about street.

I have lately had letters from [brother] Samuel but cannot by any means get one from Meletiah. May let let me know how he is disposed of for I am extremely anxious for him.


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