W0601 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Henrietta Burley
Mar 26 1831
To: Margarette B. Lerned [McQuesten], Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Exeter, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
I was truly quite delighted to recognise your hand writing again. My dear Margarette, I was on the point of writing you again to ascertain if possible the reason of your long very long silence--if I mistake not I think I have heard you say you loved to write to your friends. I realy [sic] wish you did to me. I am alone and rather low-spirited. I dont think I ought to be. I have been out to make some calls this afternoon. I had one uncommonly pleasant. I called to see a lady that I was not at all acquainted with. She attends our meeting and had presently experienced religion, she seemed very happy indeed--there is nothing that can make one so happy as real religion--it comforts in the darkest hours of adversity & makes the dying rejoice--yet I think there are hours when the Christian feels sad and gloomy. Have you dear Margarette, never thought it worth seeking for--I believe I have heard you say you did--you know what Christ says "ask and you shall receive, seek and ye shall find." I called to see a Mrs. Grant the other day who I think is a very pious woman. She is very low in a consumption. She said her greatest trouble was that she had done so little for Christ who had done so much for her. She said when she was well she did not think so much about it--but now it was a great trial to her--when we are well we apt to put such things of [sic] until a more convenient season arrives--but that I know is wrong that season may never come--therefore it becomes as every moment that is given us that we improve to the glory of God--we know not what the next may bring--sickness may come--then we cannot have all our thoughts where we could wish to.
I could think of nothing that I wanted to do more than to write a few lines to you this evening. I thought of a great many things I wanted to say, and a number of questions I wanted to ask. I feel timid and almost sick--but I shall try to write until William returns from the store. Your visit was very long at your sisters and I don't doubt the last part of it was very pleasant from what I can imagine. I should not think you would wish to keep me in the dark as it respects yourself--you very well know I should rejoice at any change in your situation that would make you happier. I want very much to hear from you again. I should like to know how Louisa is--give my respects to Hamilton (altho' he does not send his to me) and tell him Katherine Gordon had a daughter her name is Helen Gordon. Mrs. George Gardner has a son named George. Elisabeth has been at Boston in order to have something done for her lameness--since her return had kept house the last two months. I believe intends going out soon. Mrs. Berry has got a beautiful name for her little son.
I called to see your Mother A [sic] the other day--she has lost a son since I wrote you--perhaps you recollect of hearing her speak of him is [sic] name was Samuel--her brother is quite sick and thought to be in a decline you recollect him--"Uncle Jack"--she enquired for you wished to know when I heard from you, & if you were engaged. I told her I could not answer the last question. I was rather inclined to think you were pretty near being. I want to know very much. I was happy to hear your Father's health has improved, and your own likewise do be careful of yourself dear M.--tell Ham he must not be so long in making up his mind--the young lady may get tired waiting and dismiss him--that would be dreadful.
Give my love to Mrs. Towne tell her I am very much obliged for her polite invitation to visit but dont think it will be in my power to accept it the next summer but wish she would come and see me--indeed any of you I should be delighted to see. You did not mention Dr. T. and Miss Pat--how are they, give them my respects and my love to your Father & Mother and all the children to Uncle & Aunt Perkins and Louisa--how fortunate L. was to have so many presents. If you have made your visit at Concord did you see Ann Clark--if you have not been and do go, and see her, give my love to her--she is a lovely girl. Did I not tell you that Lydia Sullivan had gone to Bangor to pass the winter. She has not returned--her oldest sister has died since she left. She was said to be foolish and is not so much of a lass perhaps as one of the others would be. Mrs. Hopkins that was has a son two months old and has not a name yet--ask Ham if he cant think of one and send it.
I have filled my paper with one thing and another. Hope I shall have an answer very soon. William has just returned--I have not left room for him to write a line--accept his best respects and believe me your very affectionate friend,
[P.S.] Elisabeth and all Father's family send love to you, want to see you very much, I wish you would come down this summer.
[Envelope wrapper:] Miss Margarette B. Lerned
1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.