[This letter was sent c/o Rev. Dr. Tenney.]W-MCP5-6.241 TO MISS ESTIMATE RUTH ESTHER BALDWIN [MCQUESTEN] from her sister Lucy [Baldwin] Flanders
Jun 2 1844
To: Estimate R.E. Baldwin [McQuesten] Worthampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
From: Londonderry, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
My Dear Kind Sister,
We received your letter by yesterday's mail for which we were truly grateful. Your last week's letter we had forwarded to Mother, she has probably received it before this. I read it to Mrs. Anderson and she is really very much interested in your welfare. She thinks it possible that she may visit Canadian [sic] another year. I hope for your sake that she may.
You ask how long you had better stay in school. I should think that you had better not return after the July vacation. We shall all want a visit from you before you leave and I really think that you ought to visit Br. Dexter unless he should come up so as to attend the wedding and by the way Br. Paul has invited us in case there should be one.1 He spoke of inviting all the friends. He thought that he even should ask Br. Burnham and wife.
If I were you I would make my arrangements to go by the middle of Sept. because the prospect of the country on your journey will be much more pleasant then than after the hard frosts. I should think something of that perhaps you may not. With regard to your making purchases I will see Mrs. Anderson soon and will let you know what she thinks about it.
Dear E. I cannot tell you how much I wish to see you. There are a thousand questions that I wish to ask and one is do you not love this dear friend of yours a little better than mother or any one else. Do not think my dear Sis. that I shall feel jealous if you do, for to be sure I shall not, but do most earnestly desire that it may be so. I hope that you will (if you do not already) love him with your whole heart. How long did you see him? How did he introduce the subject? I wish that I could see that sweet letter.
Never did I want to see you so much as now so do come to us soon and we will do all we can to assist you. It is quite fortunate for me that you are not going to want much for you know what the contract was that when you need that there should be a general overhauling of old dresses for quilts &c. &c. How long do you wish us to keep desk?
May I not write and tell brother Tom and sister Harriet soon. There are a great many here that would like to know of it but I will not till you grant permission. I feel that it will be rather hard to part with you to go so far from us but I do believe that it will be for your best good.
So write as soon as you receive this tell me all you feel won't you, do not keep any thing back do not fear our thinking you silly. I want to say so much that I can not write at all. My ideas are all huddled up together and are in such a tangle that I can not pick them out so you must imagine them and write accordingly.
Jane is talking of making you a visit when you get settled. The Dr. expects to go to Concord tomorrow he has got his address all prepared and it is very good. I must prepare for meeting so adieu.
Your very affectionate sister
Lucy B. Flanders
Miss E. R. E. Baldwin
[P.S.] Dear E. You used to have a lot of edging like this pattern if you have it now on hand and have no particular use for it you will confer a favour by sending me about four finger lengths, you can put into a letter and it will not be discovered. I want it to match some I have been using. If you have it not to spare as well as not, do not trouble yourself.
[Letter continues by David Flanders.]
Dear Sister. Yours has given us much pleasure; as indeed all your letters have ever done--I hope that whenever our lot may be cast one shall never be deprived of the invaluable privilege of corresponding with our dearest sister. It will be hard to forego the privilege of frequently seeing your face; but we ought (I suppose) to submit where it is for the proration of your happiness. Will you not be so kind as to remember us while dispensing the favour of your sweet society previous to taking your departure for her Majesty's dominions--By the way how do you feel about being garnered a Squaw King--as the Indians call her. We conclude however that you will make a good and dutiful subject; and enjoy much more real happiness than she who sways the scepter of the mighty British Empire; on whose dominions the sun never sets.
Why cannot you come here immediately from Northampton. I will contrive some method to get you to Antrim [N.H.]--We ask this as a favor not knowing when (if ever) that we shall be blessed with your society again. Much happiness, now and forever be yours, Miss E.R. Baldwin.
Yours, most truly,
1 Estimate Ruth Esther Baldwin and Dr. Calvin McQuesten were married on September 11, 1844. It was Dr. Calvin's second marriage. His first wife, Margarette B. Lerned died on July 13, 1841, at Hamilton, Ontario, shortly after giving birth to her third child, who also died six days later on July 19, 1841. One son survived, Calvin Brooks McQuesten.