W0110 TO MRS. MARGARETTE [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from Elvira Gleason
Aug 18 1833
To: Margarette Lerned McQuesten, Brockport, New York
From: Shaftesbury, Vermont
I hardly know in what manner to address myself to one whom I never have seen; but from Uncle Woods account of my cousin Margaret...I take the liberty to write. Uncle has been at Saratoga Spring of late for his health,--called on us when going and retiring--carried Idalisa home with him--a sister older than myself--she has written since her arrival there, writes she saw your mother and two of your little sisters at church. They returned with them and spent the night. My brother Ebenezer passes through Brockport sometime in the month of September and I have had some thoughts of accompanying him as far as there, and spend the winter if it would be agreeable to you. My health is not very good and I have been advised to journey for the benefit of it. I do not wish to go to be a burden to your family. I should be perfectly willing to assist in any of your domestic affairs as I am no stranger to work. I have been calculating to visit Preston in Autumn and think I shall now--if I do not go to Brockport. Please answer this immediately that I may know how to make my calculations and by so doing you will oblige your cousin and friend.