W-MCP5-6.335 TO ESTIMATE RUTH ESTHER [BALDWIN] MCQUESTEN from brother-in-law & sister David & Lucy Flanders
Nov 30 1844
To: Estimate Ruth Esther (Baldwin) McQuesten, Hamilton, Canada West,
From: South Londonderry, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
Yours of the 10th inst. is just received and it surely was a priceless present. We had almost given up the idea of receiving any answer to ours supposing that it might have miscarried. It will be unnecessary for me to tell you that your letters are very gratefully received and read with much very much pleasure. It seems that your heart yearns (at times) for your "own native land" and the friends and the home of your childhood. This is human nature or more properly a sacred feeling implanted in us by the great creator of human nature for wise and important purposes. But I [?] with you that you have so good a friend to soothe your cares & watch over you while sojourning in a strange land. I do wish that it could be in accordance with your interest as well as inclinations to reside nearer to us within the limits of the U. S. There is something undefinable which must be present to the feelings of every person on first settling under a foreign government which will be unpleasant, something to remind him that the [?] feelings and etiquette with the general usages of society are different from the "Father land." But the feelings will generally become assimilated to the large after a time.
We are in good health and so is every one else in this vicinity with but very few exceptions. So you see that it gives me some leisure to read &c. We have just received a letter from Br. Wm. dated at Lexington Ky. Nov. 19, one day later than yours. He had heard of your marriage but did not know to whom nor where you were located. He says "I suppose she has married a Dr. as all my sisters lean that way." If you should write to him soon you will direct to Washville Tenn. He is out with a friend from here selling a [line illegible] [re]turn home about the first of Jan. We had a letter from sister Harriet about a fort-night since--they were then in usual health but had become sick and tired of that county and wanted to get out, but where they thought of going to she did not say. She said [?] was about to write me, but I have not yet received any thing. When I do you will know. I wish that they could be located in some healthy country where he could secure business to suit him.
We have heard lately from Antrim. Friends were all well. Nothing ever has transpired in this place since you left worth recording. The term of Mr. Eastman's School was just closed. Jane attended constantly and has made good proficiency. I think that her scholarship is better than usual for one of her age and advantages. I attended at examination on the last day of school & thought that many of the pupils had done honor to themselves & their teachers.
You are often enquired for in this vicinity and let me assure you that your friends are many and constant. Give my best regards to your excellent husband & remember me likewise to little Calvin. Mrs. Philip Parker is very low & is not expected that she will survive but a short time. It is said they have got their eyes open with regard to Dr. Manning after being fleeced out of something like $1000 to evict the seven [?]. Lucy & Jane send much love. Do write to us soon and often. As a second thought Lucy thinks she might fill the remainder of the sheet. Believe me now as ever,
My dear, very dear Sister, I cannot let this letter go without saying a word to the dear one I love so much. But few mothers love their children more than I do you. I cannot tell why it is unless it is reason you have been so much under my care ever since your earliest childhood and always having been delicate constitution. And now dear Sis, I am again fearfully anxious about those pains and aches in your side and shoulders. I entreat you to do something immediately with such complaints delays are ever dangerous.
We have a letter from Fanny Atwood not long since they are well and will be delighted to see you if you can make them a visit. I have been to see two dentists with regard to having something done to my teeth. The one at Manchester will ask me 70$ for doing what will be necessary to have done. Ball of Nashua thinks it may be afforded for 65$. A normal sum for teeth is it not, what think you, can I afford to pay so much for teeth & Husband is anxious that I should have teeth with the hope that it may improve my health. Do write soon. Yours very affectionately.
[P.S.] My best regards to your better half and much love to little Calvin.