W0534 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her sister, likely Mary Lerned [Flanders]
Sep 23 1822
To: Margarette B. Lerned Hopkinton, New Hampshire
From: Young ladies Literary school, Concord, New Hampshire
A few minutes since I received your short letter, and hope it is like a few drops before a more plentiful shower. Margarette you don't know how I have to study. I shall be examined in six classes. In one there are but three, Misses Walker, Odell, and myself. If you come to the examination, your eyes will sparkle, I dare say. It will be far superior to last year. It is now half past one, most school-time, this afternoon.
I shall finish my last piece of velvet painting. I expect you will expect to see some elegant work, when I go home; but I fear you will be disappointed. Margarette you must come to the examination, I presume you and [?isa] will be provided for, respecting a passage down [torn portion] Ma must come, Sally take care of the Children, Pa [torn portion] return thurs. eve if he dont [sic] wish to stay over night. Miss Richmond finished my landscape Saturday afternoon. It looks very handsomely. I must lay aside my paper, and go to school.
It is now 6 oclock. I have just been home to tea and am now writing in the hall, while Misses Emerson and Walker are painting. We are laughing heartily about a shoe Miss Caroline is painting. Miss Emerson says, "What are you going to wear to the Ball. I guess it will be a very splendid one."
Caroline and I are going down to the Post Office now to carry some letters, and give this to Mr. Philbrick. It is most dark and I cannot write any longer. Write soon a good long letter, and if I have time I will answer it. Miss Julia desires her love to you, and Louisa.
Your affectionate Sister
1 Likely from Mary Lerned [later, Flanders] since the letter is to Margarette but mentions their sister Louisa, who later married Hugh McAllaster. The three were the older half-siblings to Catherine, Edward, Hannah, Lucy and Elizabeth Lerned by the same father. To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.