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W0436 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her sister Mary Elisa Lerned
Sep 1 1830 [estimated date]1 Sabbath P.M. 4 o'clock
To: Margarette Barker Lerned Sanbornton, New Hampshire
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire

[Dear sister]

Another opportunity again presents for writing to absent sisters. Pa is preparing to send a packet tomorrow. I received your letter this morn, was glad to hear you were all well I will begin to answer your queries. Firstly by saying we all want to see you but are willing you should stay as long as agreeable to yourself and Louisa. I think she must need your company much, or at least. I know I should were I so far from old friends. I have seen that book I told Mr. Osgood he had left it he said "he would call, take it." Martha Dow is gaining fast she has rode out a number of times. Dea Brown has gone to Philadelphia on business and Mrs. Brown and [Lavinia] are going to pass a fortnight in Boston. Lucretia Darling is married and moved to Warner. Mrs. Thomas Williams has been very dangerously sick with the inflammation on the bowels. Benjamin Chase's child was prayed for this afternoon, they think it has the dropsy on the brain. L. A. Perkins called here yesterday. Potter performed in town last week and is going to perform again on Tuesday eve. I expect not many real ladies were there for I did not attend. We had pretty good singing this afternoon, sung Psalm 97. Westmore and and Leyden Mrs. Gilmon quite sociable enquired for you, Louisa & Family. I met with her one evening last week at Mrs. Clarke's. Catherine Harris sits down stairs now with her father, read together in the same book very loving. She has finished her veil and wears it. I have got me a green bonnet and Margarette a pretty little open work straw for cottage form, I see Charlotte and Betsey often, was in there the other day.

Catherine sits at your chamber window writing. There has not any of the family been in here to day but Pa and mom Catherine, Lucy Ann, Felch, James, and Levi he returned from Vermont last evening. You Margarette have seen Sarah Felch for the last time. Her remains were carried through town about two weeks since to be interred at Concord. She died suddenly in a fit--Her husband was full of sorrow, but very calm. I think he has met with a great loss.

Timothy has an old pen & a piece of paper writing on the same table with me--you may well think my writing would look bad for the table reels to and fro like a ship--And I have to replenish his quill with ink, once a minute. Lydia has gone out in the woods for plums. Margarette has gone up to her Grandmother's to pass a few weeks--Martha sits by the fire "shivering over the coals" reading.

Daniel is leaning on my chair looking at his little son. He returns your love and thanks you for remem[?] him in your letter--He is going to Boston this week. We have three boarders to dinner for two or three weeks--men to work on Mr. Carlton's house. If it was making me a better house I would board a dozen--but no such good news. Miranda has never seen nor heard from P... and it is the general opinion she never will. I called on Mrs. Harvey last week she enquired for both of you.

I have sold my pink satin bonnet for 7 shillings--The singers met at Church last Sabbath night for the purpose of singing accompanied by Potter's music--three or 4 instruments and I think we had good music. I thought if you had been there we would have some treble voices but all parts were played however.

Were I alone. I think I could write you something sentimental, or at least quote a little of New York style--but as it is I think I am excusable if I fill my sheet with news and nonsense. The sun is just peeping over Rowell's hill, which reminds me that another Sabbath has nearly fled--and what benefit have we received from the Gospel to day I fear no lasting impressions are made on my mind, but I hope the time is coming--When we all shall be numbered among the followers of the lamb--Timothy is very unwilling I should write any more--it is nearly dark and I must close hoping to hear from you again--I shall expect Louisa will escort you home Mother and Elizabeth are in here now--Kiss the bright, intelligent, and affectionate children for me--I expect Mary Catherine will goo [sic] before she comes over to see her Grandsis--Tim says he will give her one boxing when she comes.

From your nonsensical

Sister Mary Elisa

Mother says Mrs.Lowne was there this noontime expect to come down Thursday if so, will invite me.

[envelope addressed to:]
Miss Margarette B. Lerned
Sanbornton, New Hampshire


1 The envelope of this letter is addressed to Margarette Lerned in Sanbornton, N.H. Margarette was not married until November 9, 1831. She and Dr. Calvin McQuesten then lived in Sanbornton until sometime in 1832 when they moved to Brockport, New York (Minnes 1).


2 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.




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