W0528 TO MARGARETTE BARKER LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from Mary Lerned
Jun 19 1819
To: Margarette B. Lerned Hopkinton, New Hampshire
From: West Cambridge
Dear and absent Sister,1
I will write with pleasure according to your request. I have been at the Museum and saw all kinds of birds, bugs, snakes, shells, wax beauties, ships sailing, great ox, likenesses of old people in old times, the wonders of the world, &c. had an organ, piano, and another instrument, it is worth seeing. And Mrs. Chase and Mrs. French had piano's [sic] I played some on them, but no tunes. I bought some things for you and Catharine, a cake for Catharine and the candy is for you both and the five almonds. The paper of almonds are for John Estabrooks if he is sick now. The little pink bag is for Mama, the largest blue one for you, the other is for Catharine to put in her patchwork. You must not carry any of my books to school, be careful of my Liber Primus. Weed and water my garden well and do not break off the flowers but keep them for seed. How does the creepers do [sic]? that I set out at the end window. Fasten strings up at the chamber window so that they may run. I miss going a strawberrying with you and Catharine. But when I come home I hope she will go down to the spring with us. Kiss her and the baby for me. Does he laugh any? But what is his name?2 Ebenezer. Give my love to my friend Susannah Kelly if she is down. Give my very best love to all our family. Write soon dear sister.
From your affectionate Sister
1 Margarette Lerned was born on June 3, 1809, so at this date she is ten years of age. Her sister, Mary, is obviously older but her age is unknown.To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.
2 Probably Edward Augustus Holyoke Lerned, the only boy in a family of eight surviving children. His father's name was Ebenezer.