To Ms. Rebecca Porter

5 Clifford Str, November 5th, 1762
Dearest Becky,
please promise your tonight's attendance at the Lane's ball in Clarges Street. I am afraid HE will make a great scene of asking me to become his wife and I scarcely know how to stay out of his way. My mother literally forces me to go though I pretended to feel vastly unwell. I am now in my room looking down onto the street and it's bustle & wish to take a chair to see my dear cousin. Oh kind, lovely Becky, please stay by my side. I won't live through this night without you and you, my friend, have to advise me of how to not get engaged!
Until to night, I hope.
Yrs, E.


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