[This letter was sent c/o Rev. Dr. Tenney.]W-MCP5-6.313 TO MISS ESTIMATE (ESTY) RUTH ESTHER BALDWIN [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Mary Ann Adams, and from her sister Lucy and Lucy's husband Dr. David Flanders
Jun 30 1844
To: Estimate Ruth Esther Baldwin, Northampton, Massachusetts, [U.S.A.]
From: Londonderry, New Hampshire
My Dear Sister,
Your regular letter was recieved [sic] yesterday with much pleasure and dear Mary Ann is now with us and enters into your plans with as much interest as a sister. She arrived here a little before noon with her sister Mrs. Tewksbury last Wed. We were rejoiced to see her and enjoy her society very much. She is calculating to return to Goffstown this week and come back and see us again when you get home.
We long very much to see you and feel as though the time will soon come (although it will seem long) when we shall have the pleasure of seeing your dear self. If it is not convenient for br. Isaac's family to have the wedding there it would be very pleasant to us to have it take place here. We should have mentioned it before if we had not supposed that Mother and Isaac would feel indignant at the idea of your going elsewhere and can not think now that they will consent to have you married away from our old home. When you get a letter from Isaac write to us and let us know the result.
Mary Ann thinks it will not be best to ask brother Isaacs folks if they would not consider you intruding upon their hospitality by calling when there on your return because she thinks it would give them much pleasure to have a visit from you and she thinks it would hurt their feelings if they thought that you or we doubted it and I am of the same opinion.
[The foregoing is likely written by Mrs. David Flanders, and the letter now continues by Mary Ann Adams who is the Flanders' niece. It is then completed by David Flanders.]
My Dear E. the Dr. merits his head combed & aunt says I may write while she is combing it; she bids me say to you they will write to cousin Mary A. and inform her of your contemplated stop there and be afsured1 dear Estimate they will be exceedingly gratified to receive a visit from you. I have many things to say to you but as I so soon anticipate seeing you I will defer items until then.
Maria Fisher and myself felt exceedingly anxious to visit you on our way here but it seems to be altogether out of our way but I am heartedly glad you are so soon to leave your school for a better as I trust, for I tell you there is much enjoyment in the married life which the single know not of, the satisfaction of having a kind and affectionate husband who is ever ready to listen to every want, but why am I endeavouring to raise your anticipations which are not a doubt sufficiently high, but I really cannot help congratulating you in view of your happy prospect.
Mrs. Anderson called here yesterday and I was admitted to the council. We think it would be advisable for you to purchase a nice chain & Bosom pin and expend all you have to spend in clothing for yourself instead of carrying any thing to put into the house as no doubt there is plenty there now.
Aunt was speaking to Miss Frances Choat & Miss Hall from Derry (who by the way called here the other day) about what would be nicest for riding dresses, they thought the crape Rerseymere [sic] or the brown colour was as rich and fashionable and durable as any thing, but we think when you get to Boston you will there see what the fashions are and be better able to judge and uncle's girls will I think be good advisors & he very happy to assist you.
I must close and leave room for Uncle but first let me say I do not consider
this an answer to that long and kind letter which we perused with so much pleasure--but when I see you I will give you the reasons why it has so long remained unanswered but as I told John I should write after arriving here he wished to be remembered to you; it is getting late and I must bid good night, from your friend,
M.A. Adams [Mary Ann]
Monday Morning July 1. Dearest Sister,
You ask whether we want to see you so soon--can you doubt it? Do you doubt it? I shall reckon the days spent in your excellent company as among the happiest of my life--Susy feels just so--Do not Dear Sis, question this for a moment--I ordinarily agree with Susy in her request that you should celebrate the nuptials here, nothing would give us more pleasure--We should have given the invitation before but supposed that Mother would be unwilling to have the ceremony performed any where but at the old family mansion. As it is I do not see why it should not convene the friends as well (here as elsewhere). Perhaps we might then possibly get a visit from brother Samuel--If it should be solemnised at Antrim. I do not think it probable that I can be present however I might wish so to do. Do not think you will intrude yourself upon the hospitality of Brother Isaac's family by paying them a visit. I know them better their feelings toward you and those of your friendship, Miss Baldwin. In haste, Yours truly.
D. Flanders [David]
1 Throughout this letter the writers use the now archaic convention of "fs" for "ss," which we have transcribed as "ss" for ease of reading.