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Letter from Viola Stow to brother Loring Stow, 1858

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Letter from Viola Stow to brother Loring Stow, 1858

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The young women found the seminary's rules severe. They were afraid to be caught talking during the strictly enforced quiet study time. In their correspondence, several students refer to their school as a "nunnery." They sometimes found it a lonely place, lacking the company of young men and society. Stow's older brother's occasional visits to the seminary were always highly anticipated.

Stow expressed some envy of her brothers and the difference in their school experiences. She expected that her older brother was "enjoying himself finely" at school in Cincinnati. She told her younger brother that she was glad he was next in line for "edification," assuring him that boys are given more privileges than girls, so he wouldn't have a hard time at school.

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Stow Family Papers, Filson Manuscript Collection

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Viola Stow (1841-1912), “Letter from Viola Stow to brother Loring Stow, 1858,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed July 17, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/1061.

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