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Letter to Mary Johnson of Worthington, Ohio from Emily Beckwith of Somerset, Ohio from the collections of the Worthington Historical Society (WHS) may be used for educational purposes as long as it is not altered in any way and proper credit is given: "Courtesy of the Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH." Prior written permission of the WHS is required for any other use of Letter to Mary Johnson of Worthington, Ohio from Emily Beckwith of Somerset, Ohio. Contact WHS at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission.
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It was created on Sunday, January 22, 1832.
This letter was written to Mary Johnson of Worthington from Emily Beckwith in Somerset, Ohio. Beckwith was a friend and former classmate of Johnson's at Miss Marsh's Academy. Beckwith wrote the letter in response to questions about why she left the academy. Apparently, there was some talk from Miss Marsh and others around town suggesting that the reason Beckwith's family had given for leaving was insufficient. She explains to Johnson that Miss Marsh was told a reason and that the school she transferred to is a very good school. Beckwith asks Johnson to pass the information along if discussion of her leaving persists. She then goes on to inquire and reminisce about other friends she left. She concludes the letter with a story about how difficult their road trip was from the Columbus area. In a final note, she asks Johnson to send her love to Caroline Griswold, another friend and classmate.
Johnson was daughter of one of Worthington's founders, Orange Johnson and wife Achsa (Maynard) Johnson. She married Francis Sessions on August 18, 1847. The Sessions were interested in promoting art and art instruction in Columbus. The Sessions art collection formed a basis for the Columbus Museum of Art collection. Francis planned upon his death for his estate to found the Sessions Academy of Fine Arts and museum to foster art education in Columbus.
Little is known of Emily Beckwith other than what can be learned from her correspondence with Mary Johnson. They wrote several letters back and forth.
It covers the city Worthington.
You can find the original at Worthington Historical Society.
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The Worthington Historical Society identification code is 2012.0005.35.
The Worthington Memory identification code is whs1020.
This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on October 31, 2017. It was last updated January 26, 2021.