W0451 TO MARGARETTE LERNED From Henrietta Burley.
Jan 1 2000
To: Margarette Lerned Hopkinton New Hampshire
From: Henrietta Burley Exeter New Hampshire
Exeter July 22
Altho [sic] it is extremely warm and I am almost baked. I [so] let not let another day pass without making a beginning to answer your affectionate letter My dear sister Margarette- It would be quite impossible to describe my feelings the day after your bade us goodbye- Nat went immediately home I saw nothing of him for more than a week- Elizabeth and little Henrietta past most of the forenoon- William came home at one o'clock to dinner- you can't imagine how much we missed you then after dinner I was again left alone. Oh! Yes lovely enough I seated myself in your chamber- it had since gone by the name of Margarette's chamber there I was more lonely than ever- after tea I was determined to go out. I made two or three calls then found myself seated in Elizabeth chamber- we often spoke of you and as often wished you were there. I did not see Mr. J. until after his return- Saturday Morning he came downstairs looking very smiling indeed and told Sophia he was very fortunate he had taken your name out of the paper twice- at nine o'clock he ate the cake and thought it was the best he ever tasted- I think it must have been quite flattering to know that Capt. Poor now Mr. J. not entered our doors since you left- I think it is excusable in Capt. P.- he has been home and has gone housekeeping they will miss him very much indeed at Father's.
Nat called twice today, once since I received your letter- he talked about you all the time- said his mother was very desirous to go to Concord and wished him to go with her- you must not be surprised to see them at any time- I saw Mrs. A. the other day she expressed a great desire to see your letter and said she should come up soon- she has not been I concluded she has given it up. Nat handed William a letter the other eve'g [sic]- and wished one of us to direct it to you as he had not a good pen himself. I have since concluded it was from his Mother, tell me all about it when you write where is your aunt and Hamilton? I have been expecting to see them these two or three weeks- how is her health- and how is your dear Father and Mother and all of my friends and your own dear self- it would give me much pleasure to know that your health was extremely restored- Mrs Blake called here yesterday I was quite sick all the morn did not feel much like seeing company, I feel some better today and ought to go out this evening to collect some money for the Bible Society it is so warm and I should have to go alone I think I [?] differ it. I wish you were home to go with me- I wish you had [?] sent the needlework I think your mother would have been very much pleased- your sister [Smith's?] I suspect will turn into her [?]- Helen and Charlotte Page came here day after yesterday. I enquired a great deal about you [?] way much to know if you were engaged to [?]- I told them no I thought not I said she should be unwilling a friend of hers should love him. I had heard people talk so before- I wish you could see my garden it look [?]- I wish I could send you a bunch of flowers- the basket you made for me has been very much admired- You will my dearest Margarette accept my warmest thanks for the very beautiful handkerchief- I think it to the [?] one I have seen this summer- since I have been writing I have been almost [?] with Mrs. [?] and Mrs. [?] children you very well know how charming their music is- William will scold me if I don't leave room for him to write- I want very much to write a line or two to our dear friend Mrs. Towne- you will forgive me if I don't write anymore but will write again soon and hope very soon to hear from you all- give my love to all- Ask Hannah if she will accept the little book from her friend Henrietta
Yours ever affectionate
[A secondary note from W.B. to Margarette]
How do you do, my good, little Margarette, Peggy, Sis 3- me thinks you are this moment wondering "why they do not write" you will [?], I know this night, if it may be [?], but cheer up, you will have it now, Love, Respect, Regret, [?], Nat, Bead, Love Projecy, [B??], and all- you can hardly imagine my good Margarette how much we missed you after we parted with you indeed, I feel much regret at losing you from our society it left a very perceptible blank in our letter [?] I'll assure you- it seems as though I must find you in your letter envelope and not see you when I return from the store [?] with [?]- Nat does not [?] to as often now you have gone no- Margarette either does your health continue as good as when you left us? If it does not, you know what I told you- Nat now handed [?] a letter to go with our package which has us [?], [T?] I will [?] it between us for we have no doubt it misses you, but if we direct it wrong you will tell us of it- I regret you order for the artificials is not dearly borrowed, Mrs. Adams cannot attend to it just now but she may bring [?] with her when she goes to Hopkinton as I understand she intends to make a [?] there soon- I [?] almost been you my "sweet home" now- (I wish I had some paper)- Good morning [?], your dear friend W.B.
Give my regards to your friends write us soon let us know what you are about
Henrietta Pearson was here last eve'g [sic], she wishes me to give her love to you and she says she was sorry she could not see more of you [?] and E. Gardner I have not seem to speak to since you left- Elisabeth and her brothers wife called here last week but I did not see them [?] I was out- R. is out of town now- tell Hamilton [?] has been in town the last week, and is very much improved he enquired for him said he should like to see him- he took tea here Sabbath evening- Henrietta
[Address on Cover]
Miss Margarette B.A. Lerned
[Note written on Cover from Henrietta]
You will have good reason, dear M. to think paper is scarce as we have filled every corner of this sheet- since I handed the letter to William I have thought of two or three things more I wanted to say- one is poor [Malta?] remains without a name- Why cant you and Him put your heads together and name it- I will send you some Musk geranium seeds if you please you can plant them now in a pot- They are all well at Father's and send much love to you- How is Dr. I and Miss Pat- Mr. & Mrs. Stanwood- remember and write everything about Miss E. do write soon.
1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.