Box 12-802 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister-in-law Lucy A. Lerned
Jan 5 1882
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, [Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario]
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
"A happy New Year" to you and yours--I wish I could be near you & tell you of our pleasant Christmas and New Year--
We had many cards & some very acceptable gifts--One was a box of oranges & pears--The "pound pears" or "iron pears" are hard now & we shall not use them till February. The "Vicar of Wakefield" pears we are eating daily. How much I wish you could come and eat a pear here.
The weather has been mild and no snow until this week. Tuesday it commenced to snow & then we had a North wave & the mercury fell to zero Wed. & to day it is 12° below!! We are most frozen & we have to wear socks & shawls in the house--To night it is moderation a little--What makes it bad for every family in this region is the great scarcity of dry wood--Not a single cord was drawn ["cut" scratched out] last year on account of the very deep snow & high drifts. It is very hard for all our village people, as the dry wood must be taken to Concord where it brings a great price! We paid $5.50 a cord for mixed wood & $1.50 a cord for sawing & piling and very poor wood too, some of it being red oak & ash. They will ask just as high for green wood, but cannot draw any until "sledding." Rock maple and black birch will be $7.00 per cord. Two years since we paid $5.00 for Rock maple. I should like to have Peter leave a few cords at our door & stay long enough to saw and pile it.
Mrs. McQuesten sent us a very nice letter this week, and we are very glad to know you are so well, I want you to keep well and come & see us next summer. I should like to come & take my arm chair & sit by your side. I should have a great deal to say to you.
Katy & Hannah are well & send "New Year's" love to you & Mrs. McQuesten.1 I am very well and think my long rest and pleasant visit in Hamilton did me real good. I am quite fleshy and have a good appetite.
Give much love to the little ones. I should like to see them all especially Cally. Give them kisses from New Hampshire.
Yours with love
Lucy A. Lerned
1 The letter mentioned in the previous paragraph would likely have been from Dr. Calvin's third wife, Elizabeth Fuller, whom he married in 1853 after the death of his second wife Estimate Ruth Esther Baldwin in 1851. His first wife Margarette Barker Lerned died in 1841. Katy and Hannah are sisters of Lucy and of Margarette Lerned.