W0688 TO MARGARETTE B. [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from her mother Mrs. Catharine Lerned
Aug 5 1833 1
To: Margarette B. (Lerned) McQuesten,
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
My dear Margarett,
I have so much that I want to say to you that I shall not know what to begin with but your afflicted sister Louisa the first part her dear babe is no more2 I received a letter from her yesterday morn she is in deep affliction. I can sympathise with her and hope next saturday week to see her. Mary with her babe goes this week friday, next week tuesday is Hannah examination when there will be a vacation of a fornight [sic].
I shall take your three Sisters in the Stage, stay at Concord friday night and I hope breakfast with Louisa Saturday morn that is the present arrangement and would not my Dear Margaret like to be with us, yes I know she would we could then weep together you and your dear Husband must pray for us. Oh how much I want to see you both. Today I have been washing and am very tired my hand trembles so that I can hardly write but E. [Edward] is anxious that the letter should be mailed to night he is quite engaged making preparations for his school he will be placed under the care of Mr. Newhale Uncle Woods appears to take quite an interest in his future and present welfare he will stay three Months, and perhaps longer unless he should start right off for Brockport. I see by his letter that he thinks something about it and it is not imposible [sic] but that he may, sometime. My visit to Catharine and at N. [Newport] was very much hurried on account of my intended visit at S. I did wish much to see the dear little Ellen M. once more I never loved a babe so well except my own she was beautiful and appeard [sic] to be sensible of the attention she needed I never can forget her mournful and wishful looks. Catharine is very pleasantly situated and profitably I think Miss Green the principal appeared much like Miss Grant she is pious and appears to be highly pleased with Cathrane [sic]. C. played several tunes on the Piano, could she afford to stay through the Winter I should be willing but she must return and think [?] some means to replace her past expenditures. We my dear [?] cannot think that Brockport contains such an interesting Elisabeth as ours E. has improve [sic] much since you saw and made not a few friends at Newport all were saying what a fine child &c &c. Margaret I met at Uncle W. a Cousin of yours one of your Aunt Glosons daughters she returned with Mr. W from the Springs. I was quite well pleased with her painfull [sic] reflections were blended with my visit at N. When last there your dear Father was with me and every new visit I made brought him more strongly to my memory I have not seen E. Little since my return but she is well and all your other friends here. Helen S. it is said is engaged to Capt Herman Green I do not know the truth of it and so great is [?] and so I pity his wife since I began this my Norton [possibly Mary Norton] that now has been here brought me some butter send much love to you she has another little daughter I have never seen Hamilton wife yet nor do I expect too [sic] but no matter I hope he is happy do write me soon I am very anxious to hear from you you must come on this fall with Mr. Minot it will do you good and us too the children send love Lucy [?] is going on with Jonas as she says &c &c.
Mrs. Margarette B. McQuesten
Brockport, New York
1 W0687 & W0688 were in the same envelope wrapper. W0688 has been written with many errors in punctuation and spelling, some of which we have corrected for ease of reading.
2 Louisa's baby, Ellen Margarett, was born May 29, 1833, and died approx. July 31, 1833, see W0675 & W0680, W0687, W0701, W0735.