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W0605 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Henrietta Burley
Aug 19 1831
To: Margarette B. Lerned [McQuesten], Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Exeter, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]

[Dear Margarette,]

Have you thought you were forgotten, my dearest M., I acknowledge you have had reason to think you were neglected. When I tell you that sickness and the care of an infant has prevented my writing to you I know your charitable heart will forgive me, and say I do not wonder at your long silence. Can you realise I have got a little son 6 weeks old last tuesday morn'g--he is now sleeping by my side. I am expecting every moment to be summoned to the cradle, and be obliged to lay aside my pen--if the child had been a girl I should have sent to you for a name as it was not I concluded to call him Edward William, how do you like it! I wish you could see him--he has a great deal of hair I should think about the colour of your own--has small blue eyes. I think is quite a decent looking child. Capt. Jewette is married. I heard he said he was very much pleased with Miss Lerned but she was not quite old enough for him. What a pity. I hope Miss L. will do better, there is a terrible manning [sic] time. I suppose you have heard that Sophia was married. She lives at South Boston, Nancy is out published will be married the last of this month--will live in Providence RI., Henrietta Pearson met Mrs. Towne and Hamilton & Augustus.

I was very glad to hear from any of you, she said Mrs. Towne said she intended writing me but I have not received a letter yet. I wish you would write me oftner [sic]. I have not heard from any of you since May except by Miss Stevens she was delighted with Louisa, says she has a beautiful child. I should be very happy to see all of my Hopkinton friends there are people there that I esteem very highly. I understand Hamilton is reading Law in Cambridge & is coming here next week to Exhibition--ask Mrs. Towne if she knew Miss Hill that she visited in Boston was married. I saw Dr. Tyler's marriage in the paper. I hope he and his lady are quite well.

Now dear Margarette where is your Dr.1 do invite him to bring you down here I should be delighted to see you both. How are all of your dear family? May I not hope to see some one of you again--there is not the least prospect of my ever visiting H.[Hopkinton] again, altho' I should much prefer going there to any other place. I could not bear the idea of going a visiting out of town to carry a child--don't wait for me but come down soon--you will I know, dear M, excuse this horrid writing I would write better if I had time & a better pen--this is the fourth day since I began this letter.

My babe is very troublesome. My girl has gone and I am in a peck of trouble--if you have any good girls I wish you would send me one that has some life in her. I fully intended writing you by Judge Harris but could not find time before that I was not well enough. You have nothing to prevent you from writing very soon and often. I shall expect to hear next week. I want too [sic] very much indeed. Did you ever suffer more with the heat? Let me ask you to write soon and tell me all the news & remember me affectionately to all that enquire for me--tell me how your health is this summer--and believe me truly your, sincere friend.

Henrietta O.B.[Burley]

[Envelope wrapper:] Miss
Margarette B. Lerned
Hopkinton, NH


1 The "Dr." is likely Dr. Calvin McQuesten. Margarette and Calvin were married on November 8, 1831, in New Hampshire. To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.




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