Charlotte Landon Livingston
"Walter S. Franklin Esq. says there was kissing done at Charlotte Landon's wedding - singular for so stiff & prudish a place as L--- (Litchfield)" - George Cutler, November 24, 1820 (Litchfield Historical Society - George Younglove Cutler Album, 1829-1820).
On August 7, 1826, after visiting Mary Peck, who was to be married in the fall, Ann Elizabeth Landon and Charlotte [Landon] Livingston wrote to Mary F. Beecher:
“Mansfield has been sick with a fever but is recovering fast.”
In that same letter, they wrote of Elizabeth Wolcott's (upcoming?) ...
Charlotte's husband James was the cousin of fellow Litchfield Law School students Henry and Walter Livingston -- sons of Henry Walter and Mary Masters (Allen) Livingston, whose family founded Allentown, PA. The cousins lived on the "Manor" or "The Hill" in Livingston, New York -- a station referred to as the closest thing to "aristocracy in the US."
James' cousins both had ill-fated engagements to Litchfield Female Academy students that were broken off because their fiancées didn't meet the Livingston family's standards of wealth and social status. When James became engaged to Charlotte, it was anticipated that she would suffer the same rejection.
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
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