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W0588 TO MARGARETTE B. LERNED [MCQUESTEN] from her friend Henrietta Burley
May 4 1830
To: Margarette B. Lerned [McQuesten], Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Exeter, [New Hampshire, U.S.A.]

[Dear Margarette,]

Again I will make the attempt to answer your very affectionate letter. My dearest Margarette, I have been waiting to send by Mr. Chase, but heard a short time since he had left town on the account of ill health. I was sorry to hear it. I like what I have seen of him very much indeed--how do you all do dear, how happy I should be if I could run in and pass an evening with you--I hope the time is not far distant when we shall pass many happy days together, I trust you have not given up the idea of visiting us this summer, remember that we expect you. I suspect it would only be a compliment to send for Louisa notwithstanding we should be delighted to see her and Mr. L--I heard a few weeks since her health was very poor indeed poor girl. I was sorry to hear it give her my love and best wishes--If you will come down I will do every thing in my power to make your visit pleasant. E. Gardner is in town, you can see her often, pray tell me if Hamilton is married or has any thoughts of being--I was surprised to hear he was going to marry a Miss Crosby, I always thought it would be Miss Lerned or Miss Little–I don't want him to have any body that I am not acquainted with but I suppose he will do as he pleases, only think of Dr. Tyler and Miss Putnam now Mrs Tyler. I conclude I was perfectly astounded--I hope they are happy give my love to them.

What beautiful moon-light evening we have--I have to enjoy them alone Mr. Burley is never at home until nine or ten o'clock. I never feel lonely, however I should have no objection to having company and I hope to have you soon--my time for the most of last week was employed making my garden--how did Mrs. Town's flowers flourish I did not think to ask her?

Does Mr. Chase continue to preach for you--is there any particular attention to religion in Hopkinton the [sic] never was such a time known here--I saw 28 admitted to Mr. Smith's church here last Sabbath--9 were added to the Baptist--7 to the Methodist--the meetings are uncommonly interesting--the attention is not confined to any particular age from 11 to 90 have been received.

May you my dear M. be led to see that the Lord is good, and ready to receive all that come to him--now is the accepted time--how unwise for us to delay seeking an interest in Christ-- we know nothing else can make us happy here or hereafter--write me soon dearest tell me how you feel as respecting religion--I wish you could see people here how waked up they are and how happy--I feel quite happy most of the time--I admire to keep house--it is quite pleasant here--it nine oclock [sic], I must say good night--Mr. Burley send [sic] his respects: You know you were going to have him over--your mother has never written me a word, yet give my love to her and all the children, and every body I know--tell Hamilton I am very much obliged for the letters he wrote me last winter, ask him if he intends to write as often this summer--if he is married tell him he must take Mrs. P. and make us a visit--do write me soon and tell me all the news--I want very much to hear from you all--forgive my long silence. I have been very much engaged for 3 or 4 last months as you may suppose--I will once more bid you good night.

Y'r sincere and affectionate friend

Henrietta O.B. [Burley]

[Back of letter:] Miss Margarette B. Lerned, Hopkinton, NH

[Written up left side:] Mrs. Burley

1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.

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