W0538 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Charlotte L. Lyon
Nov 15 1825 [Estimated Date]1
To: Margarette B. Lerned [McQuesten], Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Needham, Massachusetts, [U.S.A.]
Believe not that absence can banish
The memory of moments gone by,
Could I deem they lightly could vanish,
I should think on the past with a sigh.
How sweet is the memory of joys that are past
But joys are delusive as virtues are rare;
And when age cools the passion and deadens the taste,
We barely remember that once such things were.
Charlotte L. Lyon
[Back of letter:] Miss M.B. Lerned
1 The year of this letter is not known, but there are several farewell notes and poems from fellow pupils of Margarette's at Adams Female Academy dating from November 1825. For related notes see W0548.