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May 29 1830
To: Margarette Lerned Hopkinton N.H.
From: Elisa -- Taunton Massachusetts

Taunton, May 29th 1830

I will not attempt to express to you my dear Margarette the perfect delight which your letter afforded me, for words are altogether inadequate to convey an idea of my feelings. It is with the greatest pleasure that I hasten to ensure it although I have been hesitating whether to do so, and at present, thinking that your intended absence from home may prevent you receiving it until it has become quite an old affair, stupid certainly at best, however I will design it to its feste, perhaps your mother may have an opportunity of sending it you before many weeks. I am most happy to hear that you have been from home, and that your heath is improved in consequence of it, and most sincerely hope that it will be entirely restored by you [sic] contemplated journey- but be careful my dear girl that you do not exert or expose yourself, and therefore encourage that life, which is not only precious to yourself, but of the greatest importance to the happiness of your friends. I give you this caution not because I am so guarded myself, but in the contrary, as I know that I am so liable to see in this respect. My health was miserable indeed when I left H. and in fact it was after I went to Boston, but am now very well; my cough has entirely left me. I will give Doc. Tyler all the credit which I think is considerable, for restoring me so soon. I think my dear M. there are very few gentlemen that are as sincere, and good headed as he is. I wish he was to be your husband, instead of Miss L. she is not good enough for him, and he would make you so happy- please give my best respect to him and tell him not to forget the promise he made the day before I left.

You asked me how I like Hamilton and I am happy to tell you, that, I am very much pleased indeed, although in consequence of bad weather, and Mrs Chase's little boy being very ill, I have been out very little. All of the first ladies in the village have called upon me, both married and single- There are but very few indeed of my age, certainly not more than five or six that visit in the first side and I believe very few gentlemen. The situation of this place is delightful. I wish you were here to see if for yourself for as I have not the last hinted at description. I cannot give you at all of a [?] idea of it. There are three fine churches, but the episcopal is much the bare bones. The music at church is delightful, it would do you good to hear it, Mifs [sic] [?] a young lady sixteen years of age, plays upon the organ.

I think you must have felt quite lost after Mifs [sic] Peabody and Mifs [sic] Chamberlain left. Ellen says in her letter that Mifs [sic] P. is to be married in the fall. of course you will be bridesmaid she is so fond of you. I thought you would have mentioned something respecting Clarissa [?] wedding. She must be Mrs Hill before this as she was published before I left. I wonder how she likes the change.

Do you think there is any prospect of Hamlet and Clarissa [?] making a match. I hear he is very attentive. Is it possible Hamilton is to return in June. I supposed he was to be absent a year- should like to see him very much indeed, give my best respects to him if he should inquire for me,- but I presume he will not. I expect he will feel very much vexed when he knows that affair has been so long [?] off but certainly I am not to blame, do you think so? The last time I saw him he said the next time we met I should be engaged. This prediction and yours also my dearest friend, have, or will fast in all probability. I have not met with any gentlemen since I left, that has in the least interested me, a that. I would marry if I could, and indeed I have every reason to think it will always be so. Those that are lively amiable, and good, and well situated, can do better than to let me. I am extremely obliged to you my dear, for the fine consideration you have put me in your letter, but feel myself [page is ripped] of it, I would return the same, for it applies for [?] my friend Margarette. You ask when is Mr Richmond coming to Hopkinton. He is rather uncertain, as he is engaged in business which he can not leave without some disadvantages to himself. He is however anxious to go soon, and will I presume in the course of a month, or six weeks. I like him very much, seems affectionate, and kind and quite as much in love, as Ellen- I did not see Harriet D. in Boston. Lucy Ann called to see me, but in consequence of my leaving sooner than I expected, I did not return it. She is to be married in June, to a very fine young man and goes immediately to New York. I have filled up this letter with just nothing at all I have not said half I wish. I should neither see you than to send half a [?] such letters but I have got to the end of my paper and am obliged to close.

I take it for granted my dear Margarette, that no one is to see the letters that pass between us. You certainly must not show this, as I have expressed my self differently from what I should have done to another. This is miserably written, and full of imperfections, but I will not [??] that your kindness will demonstrate. Do let me hear from you soon.

[Text overwritten on the first page of the letter]

A long letter, tell me all your affairs, your offers for I know you will have some. Now, and very likely you may now meet with every person you have been so long waiting for- tell me all. I hope you will pass a pleasant visit, and find your friends well. It is almost night and I have another letter to write or I should use this page, but I presume you are already out of patience. I am very much ashamed of this letter when I look at yours but pray excuse me-
your attached Elisa

[Address on Cover]
Mifs [sic] Margarette B. Lerned
Hopkinton, N.H.

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

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