W0480 TO MRS. CATHARINE LERNED, from her daughter Margarette B. Lerned McQuesten.
Jan 1 1900 Saturday Eve
To: Mrs. Catherine Lerned Hopkinton New Hampshire
From: Margarette Lerned McQuesten Brockport New York
Brockport, New York
Although I have so lately written you my dear Mother, a few lines, ever so trifling will not I am sure be disregarded by your for other wise- you say me thinks, even the least remembrance is acceptable from my absent children I have written several letters this week, besides much [?] else this would not have been left so late an hour- Edward is at meeting. Mrs. Lerned seated by the fire & soon going to commence writing to Dr. Hugh. My work stand has been out all day & I have written about five minutes to time, which is all I have done by way of work- My dear Mother I know you often wish yourself here & tho' E. has been absent from you only three months, yet you long to see him- We wish to out Mother also- & hope e'er [sic] E. arrives at that important period [?] we may see you at B. He appears perfectly well & happy; has a good boarding house but only goes in to his meals- sleeps with Mr. Thaw, one of our most devoted young men, a merchant from N.York & sits with no one at the office to read. He has been to no parties of late except a social visit at Dea. Benedict's two miles from the village- they came in a double sleigh for him & the young misses.
He is reading now judicious books which we select. His taste is altering in that respect, we see not allow a novel for his food of which he was inclined at first. He acquieces to the Dr.'s will. I think, as well as we could expect & let advice come home, ever so closely be bears it meekly. Yes Mother, Edward now seems a new creature. Tho' I would not say he is faultless- no! The heart is too deceitful & pride with her deadly companions is so seldom visitor to the human beast. The youth particularly have their temptations laid before them, which requires a great amount of grace & perseverance to overcome- she that he may continue steadfast into the end, having on the garment of a [?] night [?] I have it to say & with pleasure too- that I watched him with a jealous eye, & find him what I could wish that not without sin- to which we are all subject & can overcome only through him who hath loved us & given himself for us. Mother is it not too much for such unworthy creatures as we- that one we love so well, should be chosen vessel unto honor- Yet it is God's will that none should perish, for he has no pleasure in the death of [?] that dieth wicked- but rather that all should turn us to him.
I can hardly sin against you in the hour of any birth & childhood, almost alone, only four in the family. Have not heard from Catherine since my letter. Hope she profits- by her advantage. But she cannot fully appreciate them, without knowing their value in this world & their effect in the world to come. Misimproved talents cannot add to our enjoyment but contrariwise add to our condemnation. How does Miss Hannah, Lucy, Anna & Elizabeth do this cold winter? I hope they grow strong and healthy under the [?] of winter and are making rapid advances in the knowledge of domestic life & find it a pleasure to resist their Mother. All they can without injuring themselves- that will make them happy, if anything will, of that nature. But dear Sister one thing is needful- that good past which Mary choose & Christ said should never be taken away from her (Luke 10:42). Think my dear young sisters every day you live without the love of God in your souls, you merit nothing but his anger forever- [?] if you ever turn unto him, in faith, your souls will live. It is evening & I seldom try my eyes much so dear Mother I must close wishing you health & happiness. Edward sends his love- but thought he would not write this time having nothing special to communicate. We are all well. Hope you will write by this. I [?]- also see her- She will have through H. twice. Wish Sister Hannah would write me a long letter & if I find time shall write her soon-
Adieu My dear Mother-
From your [?] daugh [sic],
Margarette B. McQuesten
I want you to write me what Mr. Dustin is going to do about sending on the thousand dollars, you need not give him any time to consider but first tell me what he says. My mind is made up and I do not wish to delay. If you wish me to take Hannah's, say so, and I will do it and when you write me I will tell you how I will do. MMQ
[Address on Envelope]
Mrs Catherine S. Lerned
Per. Mrs. Sandborn
[P.S.] Dear Mother, I have been expecting a letter from you every day. I want to know what Mr. Dustin says there I shall know what to do I am [?] want of same money to pay Ed. board I have to pay every week or two and I heard [?] of my own money. I get him boarded 25cts per week cheaper by doing so and I would like it if Mr. Dustin would send on some to [?] these little fragments which I do with. I do not want to send on [?] often than and in six months.
1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.