W0548 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Sarah A. Treat
Nov 15 1825 [estimated date]1
To: Margarette B. Lerned, [Adams Female Academy]2
From: [Adams Female Academy, Derry, New Hampshire]
When you are surrounded by those whom you must tenderly love & who are ever happy to console you in the hour of adversity & to congratulate you in prosperity. Will you then permit your thoughts to wander far distant & unite with those of your affectionate, Amand's.
Dear Margarett, I sincerely hope you have found in me the friend whom you have sought & that you may ever have the friendship & esteem of those with whom you associate is the sincere wish of, Sarah A. Treat
Touched by the magic hand of those we love,
A trifle, will of consequence appear,
A flower, a lock of hair, a pin, a glove,
A scrap of paper, will become most dear.
Accept this as a token of friendship from your friend
S. A. Treat
[Sarah] A. Treat
1 We have estimated the date to be November 15, 1825. There are more farewell letters dating from November 14 and 15, 1825.
2 The Adams Female Academy opened its doors in April of 1824, after a bequest of 4,000 dollars from Jacob Adams in 1823. Located in Derry, New Hampshire, this was one of the first academies in New England devoted solely to the education of girls. Zilpah P. Grant Banister was the first principal, and Mary Lyon was her assistant. The school had an excellent reputation, enrollment was over 100, and students came from all over New England. In 1886, the Academy merged with other town schools and became co-educational.
3 This letter is one of ten farewell letters (W0548 to W0564) from fellow pupils, only a few of which are transcribed here (W0538, W0560, W0561, W0563). Margarette Barker Lerned attended Adams Female Academy in 1824 and 1825. Some of her school essays and writings, including a Valedictory address (W1120), are on this site, see W1100 to W1165.