W0456 TO MARGARETTE LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from J. D. Peabody
Jun 1 1827
To: Margarette Barker Lerned [Hopkinton, New Hampshire]
[Dear Miss Lerned]
Your note my dear M. was truly acceptable in my present lonely afflicted situation nothing my dear so effectively disarms calamity as the kind sympathy of those we love. To you I am and owe the highest obligation, for no one has taken so deep an interest. I hope in the course of this long day to finish this letter to Miss E.--No doubt we shall be the means of conferring much happiness. I forgive you and Hammy your nonsense respecting me so as you are particular friends. I shall not [?] any of it--Do you believe I have been so dishonourable as to read your letter?
Give my best respects to Ham--I should have been very happy to have rode with him, but--would not willingly, [?] him by doing so, until I can stand alone. I hope to receive a call from him & you soon, very soon--I am glad to hear the Dr.--is alive & able to call on you for I have been at a loss to conjecture how he has been employed recently he must have a great many patients.1
Excuse me from filling. this paper, as it is time to release my school. Write to me again soon--love to your mother.
J.D.P. [J. D. Peabody]
I do not think this will pay for the paper.
1 "The Dr." may be Dr. Calvin McQuesten who may have begun courting Margarette Lerned about this time. They were married on November 8, 1831 in New Hampshire.
2 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.