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W0443 TO MARGARETTE LERNED From her sister Mary Eliza Lerned Flanders.
Jun 12 1824 Saturday
To: Margarette Lerned Exeter
From: Hopkinton New Hampshire

Saturday Eve 10 o'clock
June 12th 1

My Dear sister,

I feel quite fatigued with the numerous avocations of the day still, I think I cannot recline on my pillow till I write a few lines to one with whom I am very nearly connected. Although we do not live daily in each other's society (and I may say (with propriety) hardly monthly) yet there is a tie which binds my affection very strongly to Margarette, a deep inward feeling I cannot express and it ever is my way you know, not to profess much fondness for any one, however great may be my love for them. When I bade you good morning, before you started for Exeter, it was in a very careless, indifferent manner, yet my feelings were such. You was hardly out of my mind through the day- hearing you would take cold or get fatigued before you got to your journey's end. I hope your health is improving, though I think you did not write very encouraging. Pray do everything in your power, which will tend to preserve and restore it. We all feel anxious to have you return fresh and blooming. Remember and not strain your corsets too hard. Father has complained of that. I am writing in my chamber. I have for company, the snores of my husband and three children dear little Innocents. I wish aunt Margarette could see how clean and pretty they look and how sweetly they sleep- they know nothing, as yet, of the cares of this life, or, that they are probationers for Eternity- Oh, how much revolves on me as a Mother, to train them in the way they should go- I fear I do not my duty to them as I ought. I feel willing to sacrifice my time and pleasure for them and it is my greatest delight to render them happy- But do I try to procure for them that me at which endureth to everlasting life. Of what profit will all other comforts be when compared with that and how little solicitude I have for the worth of their souls to what I ought to have I hope the time will come when I shall behold them an ornament to society and virtue I am almost asleep- Good night.

Sabbath PM

The people have gone again gone into the Church and I shall have but a very little time to write for I shall have to get tea for company. Rhoda Pluma and her Mr. Hichney. Father has been today and says he is going to write for you to come home he thinks you will be burdensome to stay longer to tell the truth he has the Hypo2 ever since you went away and Miss Adams has taken your place. He thinks it impossible to leave home for Boston and I do not blame him. He feels very unhappy- and the least thing frets him I have received a letter from Louisa, she has concluded to come over and pass a week or two soon as you return. We are going to send a packet tomorrow. Shall write you will be at home in 2 or 3 weeks or at least when Father says you must. Hamilton has returned, called in here the other evening with Mrs. Stanwood and two Miss Harris's. When I commenced writing I intended to have written a good sentimental letter or at least a good one for me. But that is hardly possible, for I write so seldom, that I hardly know how- and when I do attempt it- I am obliged to hurry it over- however it is excusable knowing "from whence it came, and whither it goeth." I suppose Heather and Catherine will tell you all the news- Uncle Woods and wife called last week. Mr. [Swasey?] has been over with Charlotte. Mr. Towne and Charlotte with Miss Dow from [?] were down last week. I must write to Louisa therefore must soon close this. Margarette Hall has gone to Bristol, Mrs. P. Brown is the same as when you left. We thought of you, your birthday. Par's eyes are some better. Mr. [Bneck?] sent him a bottle of Unity water Mrs. [?] is better. Catherine has been to Hopkinton with William [Bneck?] he meant to have carried you. Polly cut me two gowns last week- You must give my best love to Mrs. Burley, tell her if ever she visits Hopkinton again, hope she will visit me, and I will show her how to administer Edler blows and catmint the Miss Huse's and Knight have not visited, [?] yet hope they will wait till you return- your health requires great care- Now [?] if there is a good Physician in Exeter, I am [?] you as a sister, to ask his advice, lay your case before him, tell him every feeling, ask him what you had better take. I should not value 50 cts out of my own pocket. Par is so old- I don't think him worth a cent in his own family- and you may remain so a year ot two, no better nor worse, unless you seek help elsewhere. Do go now, I feel as tho' I wanted you to get well and you never will at home unless you are under some Physician's care and have some advice, a few drops and one or two pills- If you was here could talk till dark- I have a great deal to say to you but must remain silent at present and run down stairs to pick some currents and salad. Little "sister Mary Hall" is joggling the table so that my letters are hardly formed. She creeps all round the house. Hem Hem Margarette said when I was dressing her for Church, she wished I could get her a pair of mits like Emma's. I don't know how many weeks longer you will stay I suppose you will conclude on the receipt of Father's letter, if you should not return at present, should like you to write- Excuse this scrawl, for you know sister Mary Eliza [Hiltimore?] is a poor penman at best.

Your sister M.E.M.L.F.
Hopkinton, N.H.

[Address on Cover]
Miss Margarette B. Lerned

1 Based on the date of Saturday June 12th this letter is dated to the year 1824.

2 Hypochondria. A condition in which extreme mental depression is physically manifested by the body as imaginary ailments (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

3 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.

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