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Mary Hooker Griswold, born in 1798, was the daughter of lawyer and politician Gaylord Griswold and his wife Mary. In 1811 Mary traveled from her hometown of Herkimer, New York to Litchfield, Connecticut where she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy for two years. In 1813, the year after completing her studies, Mary passed away.
"Last night about eight, there was a message came to me to go down to the Farms for Cornelia [Van Kleek], Charlotte [Rose] and Juliana [McLachlan] who had staid there. Their horse had tired out, so that Nancy Starkweather, Mary Griswold and Mary Bulkley who would not stay, came up, partly on foot, and partly in the cutter leaving the other girls at a tavern under the protection of Alexander McLachlan (a little boy). Father would not let me go. Today I hear a vast many different stories that I do not know which I believe. Some say they wanted to stay & some say they did not. After meeting they came up." - John Pierce Brace, "History of My Poetry, Vol. II" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
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:
John Pierce Brace, "History of My Poetry, Vol. II" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
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