W0433 TO MARGARETTE LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her sister Mary Lerned
Aug 11 1823 [estimated date]1
To: Margarette Barker Lerned Hopkinton, New Hampshire
From: Concord Academy,2 Concord, New Hampshire
My Dear Sister,
I fear you will think your [sic] forgotten by my not writing but very far from it. I wish you had rode back with us the other night, it was a beautiful evening. we had a fine ride, we were not long going back. I suspect you are very happy, as Miss Little said you was playing with the children. How I want to see Edward. little roguish boy! Catherine's mouth I hope has got well. Miss George enquired for you the other day she wants to see you very much--The scholars are all busy writing. Compositions excepting myself. I am writing a letter. I believe I shall write mine tomorrow, and hand it in on Monday, if you do not think it will be very wicked. I have had a medal every week this term. I shall give this up on Monday and shall take the Geography one.
Miss Marcia has a beautiful ring--I expect that you will soon hear that she is engaged to Mr. Lewis Hutchins--Mr. Alpha Evans, Mr. Ballard, Mr. J. Emmons, Miss Emmons, Miss Connor, Grace Wiggins, Louisa and myself walked up to Horse-shoe pond the other evening. It was delightful. Miss Harris with Mr. West's boarders called on us. Mr. Gilmore with his intended Miss Hannah spent Thursday night with us, they have gone to visit his Parents at Amherst--They are coming back next week. We have gone most through History and Rhetoric for the second time. Mrs. Thorndike said yesterday you was a very fine girl. She wants to see you very much so do all the scholars. They speak of you often, do write a long letter and tell me all that you heard after we came back Saturday.
Yesterday I saw Caroline Currier. I put my hand out of the school-window to shake hands--but I suspect she did not know me. Miss Bingham is well and sends a great deal of love--Mary Jane Kent is going to Boston next week--she is going to call on me before she goes. Mary Emmons slept with me Tuesday night--We have a large paper in school, and everything we do amiss is put on that paper--it will soon be filled up--We have to be pretty much on our guard about the word MISDEMEANOUR. Sarah is now sitting with me writing Composition very briskly--Do you send me down a little basket of Pears, if there are any--I am just called: "the Ladies who read in the History may take their places." L. Green just come and said, we are going to read--the two Miss Jamesons board at Mr. Blakes.
I want to be at home to hear the Grand Music which is to be performed on Wednesday--I expect it will excel any ever heard. A few Concord singers would not be amiss such as the two Miss Lerneds, Miss Barker or Miss Harris--You must write next week, a long letter, give an account of every thing. Louisa has had a letter from Mr. Farr--I believe I shall write to him--I want to see Mr. Margarette Stanley that fine gentleman [sic]. When Hamilton comes home tell him he must come to Concord and see us--Marcia wants to see him, so do I very much indeed.
Remember me to Charlotte--ask her if she does not think Mash Malice a fine flower, tell her I shall be at home in October when her cousin comes from Francestown--Do you know that J. E. stands for John Estabrooks, it does. Give my love to all Hopkinton--Don't miss one--If Pa should see this letter he would say--"What a nonsensical scrawl!!["] I beg of you not to let him see it--I am perfectly well contented. I assure you do come and walk with us after tea we are going to take tea with Mrs. Thorndike and then walk. I visited Grace Wiggins yesterday. She had a party--Mr. Gas is riding by in high style--Give my love to the little Children--Don't do any thing to cause Edward to hold his breath. Marcia has a sore hand. How I want to go home to Convention. School will not keep. Shall write to Mother next week. We are left quite alone this week for Mr. Hutchins and wife are gone to Norwich will be back next week.
From your affectionate Sister
M. L. [Connor]
1 We have estimated the date as 1823 when Margarette would have been fourteen years of age. Margarette was away at school in 1825, at Adams Female Academy, in Londonderry, New Hampshire, see W0548.
2 Concord and Hopkinton are within a few miles of one another.
3 For more information on Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.