W0718 TO MARGARETTE B. [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from her brother Edward A.H. Lerned
May 7 1834
To: Margarette B. (Lerned) McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
My dear sister Margarette,
[Dark stain across top of letter, large portions obliterated at beginning of letter.] Having an opportunity to write to you by Mr. Stanley I concluded to write although it is your turn. I wrote to you last June by [?] & [?] yet but [?] receive an answer to this. [?] [school?]. Mr. Shed [?] of 12 weeks as I had [?] in a store at War[?] I returned, remained a short time & then started for [?] desk for Mr. G.H. Che[?] staid 6 weeks did not like, returned & commenced the languages. I have attended one term which closed the 23rd of April with one week vacation. The second term comenced [sic] & has kept 1 week. The school is kept by Mr. E. Childs he is liked very well. The female department is kept by Miss Adams. There are in both apartments about 80 scholars. I am studying Greek & [Latin?]. I have 6 lessons a day.
Our Garden is mostly planted our Rheubarb [sic] Asparagus, Peas, Pepper Grass, & Lettice [sic] are up. 8 hours are spent by me of the day in studying the rest of the time I spend in working in my garden. This spring we have had new fences & Walls made round the Garden the Pig pen & yards (sublime) tore down & the land ploughed & planted with Mellons [sic]. The Kemp & Greley Houses are fixed over new & make quite a respectable appearance they are owned by Mr. Wells & Col. Long. We have had several new houses built this sumer [sic] & several fixed over & [?] fine we have quite a pretty village. We have had several new families move into town. I think that I shall fitt [sic] for College & then come & study Physic with the Dr. I canot [sic] write any more now as C. is waiting for my letter to put in the bundle & I must close with love to Mr. & Mrs. Berry & family, P. Minot & Brother C. & a great share of it to yourself. Tell Mrs. Berry that I shall write to her the first chance I have after this, but as I am driven by lessons I canot [sic] write now. Excuse bad writing & mistakes as I am in a hurry & my pen is poor. With love to all I close. From your affectionate brother,
Edward A.H. Lerned
[P.S.] One word more. Had news to day that aunt Crosby was expected this week & we are all on tiptoe to see her. Yesterday was our May training & we were honoured with the company of the ringbones in our barn as they could not find shelter from the rain in any [other?] place as the Tavern & Town [Hall?] were occupied by the troop [?] company [?]. Give my love to Peter.
[Envelope wrapper:] Mrs. Margarette B. McQuesten
Brockport, N. York
[Written up right side of page:] remember to name him Edward1
1 Edward may be referring to the fact that Margarette McQuesten was pregnant at this time. The baby was born August 15 and died on August 25. He was named Calvin Jr. To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.