Said by James Pierce regarding the romantic competition between local Litchfield women and Litchfield Female Academy students for Litchfield Law School's male students, 1800.
Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Chronicles of a Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833: Being the History of Miss Sarah Pierce and her Litchfield School (1903) p.378.
"Does Polly [Mary] Pierce attract the attention of any buck in particular yet? Or is she still obliged to rely on other folks' sweethearts for the amusement of her evenings? Has she nothing to do but look on from 6 o'clock till 10 to see other folks court?"
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.
Kilbourne, Dwight. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1709-1909 : Biographical Sketches of Members, History and Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Historical Notes, (Litchfield, Connecticut, 1909).
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