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[This letter was sent c/o Rev. Dr. Tenney.]

W-MCP5-6.373 TO ESTIMATE RUTH ESTHER BALDWIN [MCQUESTEN] from her sister and brother-in-law Lucy B. and David Flanders
Jun 23 1844
To: Estimate Ruth Esther Baldwin, Northampton, Massachusetts, [U.S.A]
From: North Londonderry, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]

My dear Sister,

We received yours by due course of mail and I hasten to answer it. I really sympathize with you in your disappointment of a letter from your friend but I presume you will receive one soon if you have not already. I hope you will let us know the result as soon as possible.

I went down and spent last Wednesday with Mrs. Anderson. She thinks as I do that Dr. M. [McQuesten] would rather you would spend your money upon yourself than in making purchases to carry to his home. She says that she has no doubt but that he would rather that you should have a gold chain than to have the amount in any thing else. He has always regretted not having got a gold watch and chain for his wife.1

Mrs. A. says she thinks that if she were in your place she should not buy any common sheeting. She thinks you would like in that place to have 1 or 2 prs of Linen sheets and pillow cases, 2 or 3 table cloths, nice doz. Towels, 1 doz. nappies, and these articles she thinks you will get much cheaper there than here. She says she thinks from what she has heard Calvin say that his house is full and that it will be unnecessary for you to take much. If you should return by the way of Boston and wish to purchase your wearing apparel there we think it would be a capital plan for you to make brother Isa's family a visit and get the girls to assist you with their good taste & judgement in making selections.

Jane gets along very well in her school. She makes very hard work of it and she has lost flesh. She has kept five and has 6 or 7 weeks more to keep. You ask if this young gent pays attention to her he does not and I believe she considers herself too young to receive marked attention from any one at present. I have just heard that Mary Ann [?] has come on that she arrived in Goffstown yesterday or the day before. We shall expect to see her here soon. Her health is poor and she is going to spend the summer here with her friends. Her mother it is thought is in a consumption. Maria Fisher too has returned as far as Nashua. She probably will come to this town soon.

The Temperance lecturer Mr. Hawkins is expected to lecture at our meeting house next Thursday p.m. at 3 o'clock. I hope and trust he will be the means of doing much good here. Mr. Gough lectured in Manchester two eve's week before last. I did not hear of it in season to attend. We were very sorry that we did not know of it in season to attend. I still hope that we shall some day hear him.

Mr. Brainard was expected home last night but did not come. The family received a letter stating that Martha [Cibby?] was sick with the measles in Ohio and on that account they will be detained a few days longer. When shall we write and tell Cyrus to meet you here.

Litchfield Meeting House is to be dedicated the 2nd of July and on the 4th there is to be a whig celebration at Manchester. The great Daniel Webster is expected there.2 I hope that we shall be able to attend all the public meetings. Do write soon and send extracts from your friends letter if you have received it. I have a tedious headache so please to pardon all [?].

Your very affectionate sister,

Lucy B. Flanders.

P.S. I had a present of a cap from Mrs. Dearsons (June's sister Mary) last Thursday it is a very pretty one.

[The following letter from David Flanders is enclosed:]

Monday Morning,

I cannot tell you any news. I forgot to consider your questions in a former letter of yours. Ans. 1, I did tell Dr. B. the whole story as I had previously sent your letter to Mother and I supposed that it would be all out before his return. He appeared to be very much surprised having not heard a word of it before--He said "how old a man is he." I said "I do not know his age exactly but think he is about forty." Then he went to work and reckoned up the difference in your ages and made no comment. Then he said what sort of man is he. Then I said a good many very pretty things about him which I will tell you when I see you, suffice it to say that I gave your Beloved a first rate character. Then he said "I hope that Esty is going to get a good husband for she is worthy of one." To this I assented. Then he said "How much did you say that Dr. McQ. was worth. Answer from 15 To 20,000!!!--Aye! Aye!" And so it ended for that time.

Dear S. did not say much about the affairs of Cyrus only he thought it likely that they would visit us during vacation. I should advise you to take up with Mrs. Anderson's advice as she is an excellent judge. She says that her sister purchased some very nice articles much cheaper in Canada than she would have done here [?] [?].

Yours truly

D. [David] Flanders.


1 Estimate R.E. Baldwin and Dr. Calvin McQuesten were married on September 11, 1844 in New Hampshire. It was Dr. McQuesten's second marriage and he had a son by his first marriage, Calvin Brooks McQuesten who would be 7 years of age in October, 1844.


2 Daniel Webster (1782-1852)--also known as "Black Dan"; "Defender of the Constitution"--of Boston, statesman, lawyer, and orator, was his era's foremost advocate of American nationalism. A farmer's son, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1801. After a legal apprenticeship, Webster opened a legal practice in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1807. . . .Rising quickly as a lawyer and Federalist party leader, Webster was elected (1812) to the U.S. House of Representatives because of his opposition to the War of 1812, which had crippled New England's shipping trade. In a powerful speech before the Senate on Mar. 7, 1850, he supported the COMPROMISE OF 1850, denouncing Southern threats of secession but urging Northern support for a stronger law for the recovery of fugitive slaves. Webster was named secretary of state in July 1850 by President Millard Fillmore and supervised the strict enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act. Webster's stand alienated antislavery forces and divided the Whig party, but it helped to preserve the Union. ("Daniel Webster." November 11, 2003). www.marshfield.net/History/webster.htm. For other comments on Webster, see W-MCP5-6.327, W-MCP5-6.328, W-MCP5-6.337.




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