15th November, 1815
Dear Miss Marble,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your last letter, and indeed for all the letters I have received from you in the past months. I can not express how much your correspondence has come to mean to me and all the numerous occasions your letters have brightened my dreary evenings away from Hartford.
I am sure by now you are aware of our victory at Waterloo; it was a magnificent moment and a privilege to be present on the battlefield to witness the defeat of our French foe! Our success was well deserved. I have been fortunate enough to be promoted to the rank of Colonel, and with this disposition I feel at last I am worthy enough to ask for your hand in marriage.
I confess I was enchanted by your beauty and sweet disposition from the moment we were introduced and since then in the three summers that have preceded my feelings for you have continued to blossom.
I feel we are well matched financially, and indeed now also in prominence. It is my genuine belief we shall make an exceedingly content life together and you shall make a fine mistress of Lipton. I have already obtained heartfelt blessings from my parents as well as The Honorable Mr. Marble and Mrs. Marble; all that which is left is if you would only say yes to my proposal.
I shall be eagerly awaiting your reply.
Colonel Percy Phillips.
1st December 1815
Dear Colonel Phillips,
I must commend you and every fighting man for the triumph at Waterloo, I prayed every day for a victory, and god must have been watching over you. I must also express my gratitude at the time you took to describe the comings...