Letter from Emma Willard to Dr. Jonathan A. Allen

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Troy Nov 7. 1846

Dr Allen,

Dear Sir,

Herewith I transmit the memoir of Dr. Willard, which in consequence of your communicating the wishes of the medical society in your letter to me of Sep 4. I have prepared; not so soon as I could have wished, but as soon I was able to spare time.

By your letter, I was uncertain as to the length to which you wish a memoir to extend— and as I am somewhat afraid I have made it longer than you wish, and withal sensitive on the subject of garbled articles, which are to be charged to my authorship, I therefore thought that in sending the article I would wish it to be considered in Miss Frisbee's keeping until you decide whether it suits your purpose as it is. If it does, of course, it is to be placed in your hands. I suppose you intend publishing something respecting your the physicians, of your county altho your letter did not precisely say so; and if you were now in process of getting up a note and my article should fall into the hands of the committee of [??] they might not see any reason why they should not in case it did not suit them make such opinions as they should see fit. And it is merely to spare you, Sir, from any responsibility in this case that I take this decided ground.

I have a copy of the article, and if alterations are need if they are indicated, I might myself judge proper to make them; but could not give to another the liberty of doing it.

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I hope Sir you will excuse me if I seem scrupulous on this point as this one in which I have heretofore suffered severely.

I have understood that Miss Frisbee is somewhat better than when you wrote. Should it be otherwise, and she not able to write will you have the goodness to let me know exactly how she is.

Yours with cordial respect

Emma Willard

Dr. Jonathan A Allen

Mrs Emma Willard Troy N.Y. Nov 7th 56

Answered and Comments on the Memoir January 30/57

Memoir lent to Don S Swift Jany 9 1857

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