Mary Ann Lewis
Hand-written invitation to Litchfield Law School ball, from George Boardman, George Devereaux, Joseph Clay Stiles, William Holt Averell, and William Greene, 1818
"Mr. Livingston regrets it is not in his power to accept Miss Lewis's polite invitation for this evening owing to a previous engagement."
"Mr. Loring presents his compliments to the Misses Lewis' with his regrets that a previous engagement prevents his acceptance of the invitation to which they have favored him."
"Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Adams return thanks to Misses Lewis for their politeness & will do themselves the pleasure to see them at ...
Other invitations in the collection include Litchfield Law School students asking to escort Mary Ann to balls and cotillions.
Mary Ann Lewis Collection, Folder #5, ca. 1818-1823
Also see: Quincy Collection, Litchfield Historical Society, Collection of Litchfield Law School Ball Invitations
The book American Samplers indicates a sampler completed by Mary Ann was in existence. Its whereabouts is unknown. "Lewis, Mary Ann. [Cir. 1820.] New Haven [Conn.]. 8 yrs. At Miss Pierce's School, Litchfield, Conn. 3 alphabets. A row of stiff cross-stitch flowers and strawberries at ...
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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