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[This letter was sent c/o Mrs. Samuel McQuesten.]

W-MCP5-6.272 TO MR. ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from his cousin Carrie L. McQuesten
Aug 18 1863
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Manchester, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Plymouth, [New Hampshire, U.S.A]

Dear Cousin Isaac,

I was at last rewarded for my closely watching the mail by the arrival of your letter on Thursday--of course we missed you sadly after you left for our hearing propensities had to be still for a while. I think mother appreciated the quiet for she said it seemed like Sunday. Ike was taken very sick Friday night and was very low for several days, but is steadily gaining now. [?] my doubts of your meeting your brother Calvin at Manchester proved true. I had a letter from him today but he doesn't say anything of his trip. I suppose it was satisfactory. I'm delighted to think you got caught so nicely, weren't you glad [your?] no "Soda water" investments, fishing excursions and White- mountain trips made your purse any lighter? No wonder you enjoyed your Thanksgiving morning more than we thought--I reckon the poor quadruped didn't. Jimmie disclosed all your various peccadilloes. I think Ike you must be second nephew to Mrs. Partington.

I'm glad you find your new quarters so pleasant and enjoy so much being away from your tormenting cousins. We're sorry you cannot return but hope you will not forget to make us a longer visit on your next tour through "Yankeedom."

What has become of your proposed fishing with Calvin? I think the Trout in our far famed brooks must laugh at your ignorance of what little treasures they are. My cut might have resulted pretty seriously. The Doctor said if it had cut the vein, which it all but did, I should have bled to death in four minutes, if I couldn't have got help. I hope you would have felt a little remorse for calling me such ugly names. There is a certain gold watch key lying on my writing desk which I need not describe to find the owner. It will find a safe resting place till called for.

You do not say how your arm is--I hope it has not missed its skilful treatment while here. I wish you might be prescribed our country air, so you could rusticate here a while longer. But the fates say otherwise. So we wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. Jimmie sends his love, and says you must not forget to call on him in Lowell. He goes home Sat'y. He shall be most happy to hear from you, as soon as convenient. It will be well for you to cultivate sobriety a little after your uneasy life in Plymouth.1 With much love from us all (Mary in particular) believe me,

affec'tely your cousin


1 Isaac was sixteen years of age in 1863, and Calvin was twenty-six. The comment on "sobriety" may indicate that Isaac was developing a dependency on alcohol at an early age.

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