by Tecla Emerson
"My being for ever banished from your sight..."
Who was this "...undutiful and Disobedient Child" who in 1756 penned a letter to her father in England? What had she done to so offend him? Why, as a well educated young girl, had she become an indentured servant? Why was she alone?
In her letter, she pleads with her father to forgive her and to at least send her a bit of clothing.