W0679 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his brother-in-law Hugh McAllaster
Jul 22 1833 1
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Sandbornton Bridge, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
When I received your last I intended ere this to have seen you. But family sickness has prevented and it is now uncertain when I shall. Louisa enjoys better health then [sic] she has for some years, but our little Ellen Margarett has taken all her complaints and is to all appearance near her end.2 She has a bad cough and is now eight weeks old & weighs less than when she was born. Louisa will give you a more particular description of her situation. Mr. [Treawy?] left today for Connecticut river in pursuit of a better place for business. I have been trying to persuade him to go west but he does not choose to cross the green Mountain. He offered to rent me his store should he leave which would help a little should no other one come in.3 This place may become as good for trade as any other in this quarter by the time I could leave. [Tomlon?] probably will fail & who will take his place is uncertain--our village is rather uneasy. Tilton is now taking down his mill & intends erecting a new one in its stead. N.A. Chase is building a two story house on the land he purchased of Mr. Clough on the hill, which makes a good appearance. [Palmer?] is preparing lumber &c for another factory. Sanborn is doing a large business, perhaps more than all the rest of us together, this is rather discouraging but when I look at the expense of moving & the sacrifice, I should be under the necessity of making, in my [?] goods, collection of debt &c this also looks rather discouraging. If I could make a fair sale of my property here & am satisfied that I could shift to my advantage--should any transpire in your vicinity which you think would operate favourably to my making a stand there or against it, have the goodness to apprise me. Would my politicks [sic] be against me?--you know I am not a political anti-mason--this would be against me in many places in Vt. how it is in your vicinity I do not know.
We visited Hopkinton last week, found all well. Capt. Flanders had not sold either Hay or Corn, of course we had no settlement. I did not collect any of our joint notes but yet our note to Mrs. Lerned--Capt. Flanders has said how for one half the manure taken from the [?] the other half I have forgotten how it [were?] to be appropriate, do you recollect?
[Written up right side of page:] My health is perfect can eat anything & a great appetite which goes off well with boiled molasses. As to medications or pills I forget how they taste.
[Written up left side and across top of page:] Uncle Woods at the springs his health is very poor. Mrs. B. is so--[?] Clancy has gone to be married to Hampton Beach he said [?], had banished Martin because he would have Mary Saxon--he is now at Albany with Mr. Prentiss, a cousin of Mary's married Col. Cheney's daughter. Margarett Ann called to see mother two weeks since--has not heard from Hamlet.
Mr. Libbey who lived on the poor farm in Northfield says he is owing you something for Practising & is willing to pay if you will say how much. I could not find any charge against him. I enclose a Vendue bill against Mr. King which Judge Clare forgot to present to him. Please to ask him for the same. Dr. Mowe has been up and made a visit of about 6 hours. The Methodist clergy over one hundred in number are now holding their Conference [sic] here--last Sabbath they had a meeting in a grove, on J. Hills farm, had a fine day and a large collection--about 30 ministers ordained. Mr. [Cannutt?] congregation attended.
I had the pleasure of seeing the President at Concord he appeared venerable but very feeble & much older than I expected--we have all become Jackson men since the General turned National Republican.
Mr.& Lady Charr? from [Ruttat?] call'd here a few days since and gave us a lively description of Brockport--he thinks of moving there & wants me to enter into co. with him, but I should prefer a partner there acquainted with the business should I go.
[Written up left side of page:] I saw Prescott in the jail who killed Mrs. [?] you probably saw an account of it at Pembroke pity Avery [?] there too.
[Written up right side of page:] Mrs. Alvah Durgin has gone with her family to Lowell. Mr. D. is here--[?] [?] good & easy to be obtained at [?].
1 W0679 & W0680 were mailed in the same envelope.
2 The baby, Ellen Margarett, was born May 29, 1833, and died approx. July 31, 1833, see W0675 & W0680, W0687, W0701, W0735.
3 Hugh's lease on another store had recently run out (W0675) and he was looking for new business opportunities. However, he was never very successful in business or money matters and his family spent their lives struggling financially. For more details and links, see W0889. For a comment on the McAllaster family by Mary Farmer, see W0175.
4 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.