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[This letter was sent c/o Dr. Calvin McQuesten.]

W-MCP5-6.364 TO ISAAC B. MCQUESTEN from his cousin Mary
Sep 29 1863
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Hamilton, Canada West,
From: Plymouth, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]

My dear Isaac,

I have just been singing a song, which came today from sweet Jessie Ailene and it [?] me. I heard her sing so often in your own home, it seems to transfer me over the wide space between us and I seem to see you all once more, and again, hear her sweet voice--saying "Too late too late--you cannot now!" We have often thought and spoken of you dear Isaac, and should have written before but had not found one moment's time. Mother has not been as well and we have had company with an unusual amount of work on Carrie's account.

Besides we have had a pressure of sorrows on our minds on account of an elopement which has happened in our intimate circle! The youngest proprietor of our new Hotel, and the wife of a man whose business compels him to be absent most of the time, who boarded there. To the astonishment and regret of all left for where we do not know, but for shame and distress.

Isaac, we cannot indulge in lightness over the fall of these we here and while we trouble for ourselves and feel this importance anon of that second petition--"Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil." I would try of you [?] upon the natural His petition of your own heart the holy true principle of Him [?] secretly, in the sight of God, as well as man.

We have been delighted to hear from you so often and thank you for remembering us so kindly. Having no brother, Carrie and I feel an unusually strong affection for any of our cousins, whom a true woman can love as cousinly and brotherly. You ask how that in our family we cannot love these nearest us.

Isaac, as you grow older shun the things that the refined despise, or the good abhor. Like a man the kind whose very look shall be honest, whose heart shall be full of strong pure feeling, for all that is good. Pardon my lecture, I only ask you to be just what I again implore you to be. A cousin [?] your friends at home and elsewhere.

Give my warmest love to your kind Father and Mother and to Mr. & Mrs. McKeand. I shall write the letter soon. Do tell me particularly as regards Dr. Ormiston and remember me to him if you please.

This is a beautiful night--the summer beautiful moon is shining so you as well as us would like it. I could see you all also. You speak of "British Feeling." I admire loyalty in every one of Old England's noble Sons. I admire it none the less in each heart and life whose birth right is the land sacred to God and Liberty.

Esther gets along finely in her Lyceum and likes it much. With a great kind of love from us all. I must close my hastily written letter. Yours as always [?] [?] [?] but affectionately your

Cousin, Mary E. McQuesten

[Following written on a separate page, no date:]

My dear Isaac,

I have not forgotten my indebtedness to you, but have not been able to write you on many accounts. Father is in Chicago to be about till after the first of May, and [?] him to come though H. and all are [?]. I am very tired and it is quite late. You will excuse this little scribbling and write me soon a long letter. We know in length of not in substance as you are my [?]. Though you will see I have written you last, you are by no means last, but are now my Kingly lord cousin Isaac. Carrie comes home the last of May with her husband to spend the weeks of [?],1 and we should like to see you here also. Esther has returned and would wish to be remembered. Mother unties with me in love to you and all. Pardon this for I am so tired.

Ever yours truly,

Cousin Mary McQuesten

1 This brief letter has no date. It is also numbered 364 on the microfilm. In December of 1863, Mary E. McQuesten wrote to her cousin Isaac describing Carrie's wedding (See W-MCP5-6.362).

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