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Edward's Love Note to Orra Suggesting a Tryst

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In 1820, when this note was written, Edward Hitchcock and Orra White were courting and would wed in 1821. Here, Edward craftily suggests a late night meeting with a cover story: if Orra is willing, she can say that she is visiting Charissa Dickinson, for "Friend John understands the plot" and will deliver Orra to Edward instead. Orra must have cherished this note, as she saved it for the rest of her life.

Edward Hitchcock
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library