W0447 TO MARGARETTE LERNED From and unknown sender.
Dec 27 1824 Monday
To: Margarette B. Lerned Hopkinton New Hampshire
From: Exeter New Hampshire
Monday Dec 271
I had begun to conclude, My dearest Margarette, that you were about erasing our correspondence when William handed me your affectionate letter. I was not only pleased but felt quite happy to think I was not entirely forgotten by all who professed quite a strong friendship for me once, I cannot imagine the reason my friend Mrs. Towne should wish to discontinue writing- she professed to love me very much when I was at [?], I certainly loved her, and do now very much and wish she would write me if it would be perfectly agreeable to her- but to return, I was truly sorry to hear that your health had not improved any- do my dear Margarette, take care of yourself you must not expose yourself to this cold winter- a great deal depends upon the care you take of yourself- if we both live I hope you will come and make me a visit next summer. I don't say spring, but summer. I am going to tell you if you are not particularly engaged about working a vail or anything else you may begin to fulfil your promise you made me, when you were here- Do you recollect what it was? A Cap- how you will laugh- I wish I could see you. I suppose you say the same- Since I wrote you- our family has increased some in size we have a gentleman and his wife boarding with us which makes time pass much more pleasant than when I was so much alone as I was last winter. Mrs. Greenough is a very pleasant woman indeed. She is not a young lady- I felt quite interested in the Young Dr, you mentioned in your last- why did you not tell me his name- perhaps it was owing to your defence- if you have seen him since your return do tell me his name- I will first enquire after the health of your dear family how are your father's eyes- much better I hope, your Mother and all the little dear's- I wish I could pass in and pass a day with you but alas that is out of the question for one year at least, if ever. I ought not to have said so- May I not see you here in less than that time if your health is as good as when you were here last summer- I am every day reminded of you- by looking at the mass basket I filled it with golden eternal flowers [?] and Roxbury wax- work last [?], I assure you it looks quite pretty- but I do not want that to remind of you- I see very little of Nat he called here a week or two since Helen [?]- she asked when I heard from you I told her- Nat said she did not mention me- I took your letter down the card [wreck] and looked it over and told him you did not- If you were here I don't know that you would not have to put on a black ribbon soon, it is said his Uncle Jack is in a Consumption- Do you think I even know it was not Hamilton that was going to New Orleans until this evening when I was looking over your letter I saw the mistakes I had made I told a number that he was going or had gone- is he going to settle in Hopkinton- do tell me how everybody does- your Sister and Louisa I hope are quite well Miss [?] and Dr. [?] how do they flourish- I thought of you all Saturday. I should liked very much to have gone to Church with you I think it very much to be very solemn and interesting- You wished to know what I was going to do Thanksgiving day I was at home all day- did you ever know a worse storm- as stormy as it was I had company in the afternoon and the day and evening past of quite pleasantly- E. Gardner call here the day before Thanksgiving enquired when I heard from you. She had been very sick but has recovered- it seems quite out of the question for me to find any more news to write- I believe I must close with sending love to you all- William had not [?] from the stove, if he [?] not to much of [?]will write a line- write soon after-
Truly your affectionate [?] the commencement of the new year will now wish you all a happy one.
Exeter, N.H. Dec. 28
[Address on Cover]
Miss Margarette B. Lerned,
1 Based on the date of Monday December 27, this letter is dated to the year 1824.
2 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.