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Collection Reference Number GLC05508.056
From Archive Folder Collection of documents relating to religion and spirituality 
Title David G. Burnet to Mattie regarding family matters and marriage advice
Date ca. 1 May 1850-1870
Author Burnet, David Gouverneur (1788-1870)  
Recipient [?], Mattie  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Burnet writes to a young girl who is feeling swings in emotion, and ascribes the problem to excessive indulgence in "fashionable amusements." He advises putting "a philosophical curb on our enjoyments and restrain[ing] them from exciting us too much," and preserving "our minds from too great depression by contemplating the transitory nature of all earthly things." The rest of the letter continues with family news and concludes with general marriage advice.
Subjects Religion  Philosophy  Women's History  Texas  Marriage  Children and Family  Mental Health  
People Burnet, David Gouverneur (1788-1870)  [?], Mattie (fl. 1850-1870)  
Place written Galveston, Texas
Theme Religion; Women in American History; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: There is no basis for the year of writing, except the author's life dates.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859