This letter was written by Blakey Sharpless (1787-1853) to his brother, Jacob Sharpless (1791-1863). They were the sons of Nathan Sharpless (1752-1837) and Rachel Baldwin (1756-1802).
Blakey enclosed within the letter his resignation as a teacher at the West Town Boarding School to Samuel Bettle (1775-1861) of Philadelphia.
Addressed to Jacon Sharpless, care of Dr. Parrish, Arch Street between 3rd and 4th streets, Philadelphia
5 Mo. 31st, 1814
My Dear Brother Jacob Sharpless,
Thy little letter by the stage on seventh arrived before me. I returned to my charge first day evening half past 8 o’clock. And be assured, thy letter was very salutary as it announced thy safe arrival at the city and gave a little in detail some account of thy engagements after we left Bristol till thou got to city. In return for which and in compliance with thy request, I may detail a little in the line of our adventures. I felt regret that we were likely to leave Bristol without giving my dear J___ a formal adieu in person, but were necessarily obliged to let that ceremony be performed by proxy. From Bristol to the city we had a good road, arrived at J. Gibbons’ 10th St. ½ past 9 o’clock P.M. I returned to J.’s after taking the horse and chair to Elliott’s Inn, making it late before we retired for the night. Next day ½ past 11 A.M., we left J. Gibbon’ and got to Uncle Job at 2 o’clock. Thence I proceeded by Uncle B__n’s to our paternal mansion.
Next morning pretty early to William Trimble’s to breakfast. At Uwchlan Meeting that day Joseph Evans took Grace Trimble by the hand promising with Divine assistance &c to be unto her a loving & faithful husband &c. She soon followed with her part of the affair both with much calmness pronounced the last vocal act which binds them for life and with steady hands Joseph put his name to the article. Grace’s [hand] “trembled” as she wrote “Grace Evans.” But not till I kept the company waiting 5 minutes for ink, for mortifying as it is to tell thee, I took a dry ink stand to meeting, which when we meet can be explained if it occurs. The wedding was “orderly accomplished” — about 52 guests.¹
Sixth day evening lodged at father’s and 7th day afternoon road to Radnor. Paid the new bride there a little visit, commenced an acquaintance with her Nathan. He looks pretty well and possesses a considerable portion of information collected principally, I presume, from books. He is too loving just at first, I fear, but let’s not prejudice.
6 mo. 1st.
Enclosed will be my resignation to my trust in this establishment. Please to forward it to Samuel Bettle who acts in the capacity of secretary for the “acting committee.” My feelings of a bodily kind since my return corroborate the propriety of my resolve to resign. Sister is well. Her love is still actively alive for her brother Jacob.
But middling this morning. Adieu. In love, thy brother, — Blakey Sharpless
6 mo. 2nd.
N. B. Please let S. Bettle have the enclosed note as soon as possible by calling at Emmor Kimber’s bookstore. His place of residence may be known. I don’t think his house is numbered. It is somewhere in Southwark and but a temporary one while his other is building or rebuilding. But middling this morning. — B. S.
¹ Joseph Evans (1789-1871), son of Jonathan and Hannah (Bacon) Evans, married Grace Trimble (1789-1867), daughter of William and Ann (Edge) Trimble, on 26 May 1814 at Uwchlan MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania.