W0585 TO MARGARETTE BARKER LERNED From Henrietta Burley.
Aug 4 1829 Tuesday
To: Margarette Lerned Hopkinton New Hampshire
From: Henrietta Burley Exeter
Tuesday Aug 4th 1829
I cant [sic] let this day pafs [sic] without writing a line to, My dear Margarette, and telling her the reason of my long silence- what could you imagine the reason was, that I did not answer your letter, or Hamilton's- did you think you were forgotten by your old friend [?] surely you had good reason to suppose that you were- never indulge the thought again- it seemed impossible that I ever should forget one of the number in whose society I pafsed [sic] so many happy days! to happy to ever be forgotten. they never will be while memory holds a seat in this frail tenement of day- Yesterday I walked acrofs [sic] my room which I have been confined to for five weeks. I first had a bilious fever, which left me very weak since then I have had a slow fever, which keeps me quite weak and feeble, you will perceive by my writing that my hand is still in a trembling status- It is impossible for me to tell how much I was disappointed at not seeing you and Louisa in May- E Gardner and I used to scold about you- I watched the stage every day and fully expected to see you- until your letter came- dont [sic] be so naughty again. I hope by the last of this month to be able to go out- what in the world is the reason Mrs. Towne has not written me- give her my love & ask her if she has forgotten me- tell Hamilton the next [?] he shall have- I cannot write much now- you have undoubtedly heard from E Gardner since I wrote you she is now in Portland has been there some time and will probably make a long visit.
How does every body do in H. that I know give my love to all of your dear family & friends- tell Hamilton Capt. Porter has been here three days with a Steam-boat left yesterday afternoon. I had hoped he would not come until you came down. I concluded you would like to go to Portsmouth in it. I saw [Damon Karnall's?] death I believe in a Newspaper the other day- tell Mifs [sic] Pat I will sympathse [sic] with her- I have never seen Mr Chase except at meeting, since he handed me your letters. I asked him to call again he said he would. do you know him much?- do write me soon I know you will- when you think I am confined to my chamber- nothing could be me acceptable than a letter from an [sic] friend-
Sincerely your affectionate
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Mifs [sic] Margarette B. Lerned
1 Margarette Barker Lerned (1809-1841) was the third daughter of Ebenezer Lerned, M.D. of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, by his first wife. Margarette seems to have been of a very sweet and lovable disposition. She was married to Dr. Calvin McQuesten about 1830, and died in Hamilton in July 1841, and is buried in the McQuesten plot in Hamilton Cemetery with her two infant children. She was the mother of Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten (1837-1912). (Calendar, p. 3)