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In 1797 a student from Addison, Vermont named Miss Dwight attended the Litchfield Female Academy. No other information is known about her identity.
"In 1797 Mabel Strong, Lucy Case and a Miss Dwight, all of Addison, Vt., made a start for Litchfield, Ct., to attend Miss Pierce's School - They made the journey to Bennington on horseback, and from thence the Rev. Mr. Dwight drove them to Litchfield - the latter part of the journey was made in a wagon." - Dr. Josiah Beckwith (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Miss Dwight was mentioned in an interview Dr. Josiah Beckwith gave to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
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