Year

1696

Sender Place

n.p.

Receiver

Samuel Jennings and Ann Jennings

Receiver Place

n.p.

Repository holding original letter

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Full Date

1696-12-03

Document Type

Transcription

Keywords

Phineas Pemberton, Samuel Jennings, Ann Jennings, [Israel Pemberton], Quakers, Society of Friends, social network, Phineas Jennings Pemberton, family, children, child care

Abstract

Letter dated December 3, 1696 (November 23, 1696 Old Style) from Phineas Pemberton to Samuel and Ann Jennings in regards to his son, Phineas Jennings Pemberton. Phineas gave his youngest son the name Jennings as a show of gratitude to the Jennings couple, who helped care for the child.

Transcription

The 23 day of the 9/mo [9th month] 1696

Deare [Dear] friends]

Samuel [Samuel Jennings] and Ann Jennigs [Ann Jennings] I and my wife [Phebe Pemberton] were

no sooner acquainted with you but we sencibly [sensibly] knew that

you sincerely loved us & [and] I wold [would] be great ingratetute [ingratitude] in

me if I shold [should] not make an acknowledgment thereof that

hath [has] been so eminently shown of late in takeing [taking] so

parental a Care as you have now done of my ^young tender^ babe [strikethrough: whose]

[strikethrough: illegible] ^whose^ mother the lord has been pleased to remove from it

and therefore that if the Child shold [should] grow to years of [space filler: -]

understanding that it may not be unmindfull [unmindful] who hath [has]

nurtured it & [and] taken so great a Care for it & [and] that a suitable

and due respect may be given from it & [and] my family to you

and yours for so great love and kindnes [kindness] shown I have

thought good to take a method in the nameing [naming] of it some

thing [something] suitable to what is used amongst the Britans [Britons] and

Germans and some times [sometimes] amongt [amongst] the english [English] and do call it

Phineas Jennigs Pemberton [Phineas Jennings Pemberton]

not by adding your name ^thereby^ to [strikethrough: impose as] expect either your

Care Charge or trouble over or for it Longer then [than] you are

freely willing [strikethrough: illegible] or find it Conveniant [convenient] so to do or by

allowing it my own name thereby expecting ^to^ save to myself

any power to take it from you whilst you are willing so to

keep it because I am fully satisfyed [satisfied] of your parental

Care and love towards it & [and] of your Capacity beyond mine

at this time for its nurture & [and] education and that it may

be rightly understood the reason of my so calling it I

thought good to give the same in writing who am under

a deep [sencenc?] [sense?/sentence?] of your sincere love towards me greatly [space filler: ~]

obliged to love you agane [again] and am your real friend

PP [Phineas Pemberton]

[page 2]

[Written by Phineas Pemberton in the middle of the page.]

my letter to Sa Jenings [Samuel Jennings]

aboutt [about] my boy [Phineas Jennings Pemberton]

[In a more modern hand in bottom left.]

Phineas Pemberton

9mo [9th month] 23 1696

to

Samuel [Samuel Jennings] and Ann Jenings [Ann Jennings]

HSP DAMS ID

16026

Language

english

Type

article

Type

article

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