19 Bleecker St., Boston
July 27, ’82
Mrs. E. F. Slocum:
In reply to your advertisement in to-day’s Courier for a Governess to teach three little girls French, German, and English, I hasten to inform you that I am graduate of Vassar Class ’80; that I have resided one year in Paris and five months in Vienna, sojourning in both capitals for the purpose of completing my knowledge of French and German.
I have been Governess in the family of Mr. George F Witmore, but owing to the death of my dear little pupil, their only daughter, Ada, I have been thrown out of employment. In addition to my College and Academy testimonials, I beg to refer to Mrs. Witmore, Holly Park, Brookline, and to the Rev. Mr. Brooks, St. Matthew’s Church.
Hoping to be favored by your selection,
Miriam J. Packard
– example correspondence from The Letter Writer,
– Collier’s Cyclopedia of Social and Commercial Information, 1882