OQ + anything from the 1800's, please?
You did say anything! So I hope you like it. :)
Until That Day:
A widower and father in good health, of decent appearance and substantial means seeks a wife. She must be intelligent, in good health and be willing to become a mother to two young children. If interested, please write to the following address.
Dear Mr. Locksley,
I am writing in response to your ad which ran in the Philadelphia Gazette two days ago in which you expressed an interest in finding a wife. My name is Regina Mills. I am unmarried, mother to a seven year old son, and have no remaining attachments to Philadelphia as both of my parents are now deceased. I would have no difficulty in acting as a mother to your children if you would be willing to act as a father to my son. I am in good health, am fairly well educated, enjoy reading, playing the piano and spinnet and do not shy away from hard work.
If you believe we could be compatible in marriage, please respond to this letter. If I hear nothing, I shall assume you have found someone else with whom to share your life. If that is the case, I wish you and your children great joy.
Dear Mrs. Mills,
I was honored to receive your reply to my query, and the fact that you are already a mother makes me believe that we might get on well together. You stated in your letter that your boy was seven years old. which means he would be the oldest and would therefore bear some limited responsibilities on the farm. My children are still too young to do so, for my son is three, and my daughter is but four months old.
I must be completely honest with you, Miss Mills, for it is only fair that before you accept my proposal you become aware of facts which may well cause you to decide against me. My children have two different mothers. Roland’s mother was my beloved wife who sadly passed away hours after he was born due to complications during his delivery. But my daughter’s mother is a singer who passed through Springfield with her touring company several months ago. I was weak and lonely and missing my wife, and the two of us engaged in the sort of relations of which I’m not proud. I thought I’d never see her again, but four months ago she showed up on my doorstep and handed me a baby she claimed to be my daughter. I have neither heard from nor seen her since, nor do I expect to ever hear from her again. So you see, my daughter is illegitimate, but I love her every bit as much as I do my son.
I cannot fault you if you prefer to end our correspondence at this point, and I wish both you and your son much happiness no matter what you decide to do.