. Up to 1783
employed tutors at home for her boys, but shortly after she and/or Mary Cranch received
under the care of their uncle Rev. John Shaw (see
, 7 April
, below). At the same time, Richard and Mary Cranch put their son William at the Shaws.
returned from Europe, he also studied with Rev. Shaw before entering Harvard.
Before Elizabeth's marriage in 1777,
did not have much use for John Shaw, and as late as 1778 she expressed reservations
about him (vols. 1:176
, and note 1
, and note 10
's willingness to entrust her boys' schooling to Shaw may have marked a change in
her views. Later passages in this letter also suggest the possibility that
was concerned that her sister was in financial need, and that she and Mary Cranch
were trying to help out.