Louisa Caroline Huggins Tuthill to MVB, 8 August 1833

Louisa C[aroline Huggins] Tuthill to MVB, 8 August 1833

New Haven.


I have received an anonymous letter in which the writer asserts that he has addressed you in my name. He gives me a copy of the impudent epistle, and boasts that he has "successfully imitated my style, sentiments, and chirography". Sir, the audacious villain has imitated my scrawl so that I should have acknowledged it myself. Have I not sufficient apology for laying aside ceremony and addressing you in my own vindication. I am an unprotected woman and it is evident have a secret enemy. The timid stag will sometimes turn upon her pursuers; my foe had not expected equal courage from the victim of his cruelty. Sir, I must be allowed to quote a few lines from my provoking correspondent. "You may enquire Madam, why I have been guilty of such an act. Revenge prompted me. You once wounded my pride. I have made you appear ridiculous in the eyes of the man", &c. He continues, “I am avenged; never again will I attempt to injure you. I shrink even now from the idea of my own baseness.”

My first resolve, was to call upon my friend Gov. Edwards to enquire into this mysterious affair, and to write to your Excellency upon the subject. Upon further consideration I felt reluctant to trouble him and unwilling that my enemy should be gratified, by the publicity that would thus be given to his odious letter. With regard to it I have only one request to make, namely, Sir, that it may be immediately destroyed and all remembrance of it buried “in the tomb of the Capulets.”

I cannot conclude, without regretting that any circumstances should have made it necessary for me to obtrude myself upon your notice and soliciting pardon for so doing.

Very respectfully Yours

Louisa C. Tuthill

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