W0484 TO MARGARETTE [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from her sister Louisa [Lerned] McAllaster
May 9 1838 [year of date, estimated]
To: Margarette Lerned McQuesten Brockport, New York
From: [Concord, New Hampshire]
My Dear Sister,
After the care & anxiety & responsibility of the day "tired nature" would gladly forgive any excuse for not writing--but love for a distant sister, for a beloved one, induces me to forgive the indulgences of sleep & write a few lines to send in mother's pocket. To describe my feelings would only mound yours, but still it is a comfort to repose our perplexities and trials in the bosom of a sister--Our prospects are no brighter with regard to Maine land & we are living in uncertainty as it respects a home--still occupy two rooms at Mary's & long for a settled home1--Samuel called last week as husband was about starting for the city of N. York. He returned the fourth day as the man he wished to see he not in Boston--[?] sent by him to me from Hannah Lerneds shop a Florence braid like yours 9.59 it is not nice as I wanted--Mr. Mills is in town, [ ]'s family are keeping house where Mr. Hatch lived & so on.
Yesterday Mr. Chase preached a funeral service to the afflicted family of Mr. Little's, the mother, his text for I reckon that the suffering Eliza's mother was with her just a week before she died but never spoke, she had a paralytic shock, her distress was very acute & her groans heartrending, her last 12 hours were those of the keenest anguish, hours which none but a mother knows, the physician thought best she should not be delivered & she & child died together. Her mother feels very much resigned, thinks she was sensible & reconciled to die. Ellen bears the death with much calmness--
Mr. Wheeler has called for letter but you see I have not finished my sentence, was called off Monday eve though very late indeed to finish but have not found a moment I could. Father M'A wrote us last week & wished us to go to Carthage--Edgar B. wants us to go to Newport & Sanbornton. Folks will try to get us back there, but here we are & nothing [?]--Love to all, say will you go to Jillian's this fall--Wilfred creeps & is a smart boy--Mary & Sarah are not well this spring I wish they were under brother's care--do write & do excuse this as coming from your poor unworthy sister.
Kiss your boy[s?] for me.2 Mary is very smart I'll write next time.
1 We have dated this letter on the basis of the following letters describing Hugh McAllaster speculation in some land in Maine but lost $20 000 in the transaction (W0869, W0897). It appears that at the time this letter was written, the McAllasters were residing with Louisa's sister Mary (Lerned) Flanders.
2 We have also dated on the basis of this comment about Margarette's boy[s?]. Her son Calvin Brooks was born on October 27, 1837. Although she bore three children (boys) there was never a time when she had two living at the same time. Calvin Jr. & James died a few days after birth in 1834 and 1841. To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.