W0532 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her sister [Mary?]
Sep 4 1822 Wednesday Morn.
To: Margarette B. Lerned [McQuesten], Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Concord Young Ladies' Literary School
My Dear Sister,
I can not write but a few words this morning. I am glad to hear that you are recovering so well. I hope you will be able to attend our examination four weeks from to morrow. We are to have a splendid ball. The scholars according to their conversation are going to dress elegantly. The dancing school keeps two evenings in a week. I have been invited to attend this evening most all the scholars are going. I shall wear white. I wish you could have seen me last evening every one of the family had gone out, some to the dancing school, some to walk &c. It was the first evening I have been alone this summer. I was in my chamber, the windows all up, a table in the middle of the room and I seated by it, at one end of the table laid my Botany, pencil and Dictionary, at the other end a bowl of milk, and a plate of baked apples. While Cynthia reflected her bright rays of light o'er all creation and the distant roar of Thunder and the frequent flash of crinkled lightning added sublimity to the scene, I took my flageolet seated myself by the window and played a number of tunes which accorded very well with the Violin, at Stickneys Hall, "Past joys", intermingled with present sorrow, (on account of the distressing sickness in all parts of the state) constantly pervaded my bosom. Got hardly a sound to be heard in the street, nor hardly a person to be seen, (as it was not Stage night). But enough of this, as it is nearly school time. I hope you continue to get better. I shall send some peppermints to the Children. Give this letter to Miss Perkins with my love, and reserve a large share for yourself. Write soon, from your affectionate Sister.1
[Back of letter:] Miss Margarette B. Lerned,
1 This letter is unsigned, but it is probably from Margarette's older sister Mary Lerned [Flanders].To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.