W0618 TO MARGARETTE BARKER LERNED FROM her sister Catherine Lerned.
Jul 10 1832
To: Margarette Lerned Barker McQuesten Sandbornton Bridge New Hampshire
From: Catherine Lerned New Hampton New Hampshire
New Hampton, July 10 1832
[Written on side of page]
I have a copy of Heally and Dickersons letter to Mr. F. if I had room would insert it.
Having heard of sister L's return from R.I. [Rhode Island] and being greatly disappointed in not receiving a packet by her as Mother intended, I again resume the task of writing in order to obtain desired information &c &c. Sister [?] more and more homesick!! Whilst I am seated in my lonely little "closet", without room-mate, and above all, surrounded by those who are so very officious as to neglect even their own affairs to [trace?] those of others, by those who may be justly compared to the rude scenery of this place, destitute of any refinement, stiff and formal in in [sic] their appearance, slanderers and hypocrites, and whose sentiments as it relates the Gospel and other circumstances are different; I feel alone! as one amid [90?] in our Seminary, and as one amid [10?] at the Institution! I am daily roused by some new discord, to use the old expression, "Hard times! Hard times!" You have without doubt heard of the insurrection here, but perhaps not [minutely?]. I will give you therefore a brief sketch. Three of four weeks since Mr. Currier (a student at H. from Dover) came here, and Mr. F on hearing of it ordered that no student on pain of expulsion, should speak with him in private or admit him into their rooms. Messrs Heally and Dickerson, with the voice of about [30?] write to Mr. F, desiring his reasons for [??] such an edict. No answer was returned. The above students remained, and resolved to hush every feeling of resentment, till again (as they styled it) they were "insulted". Peace continued till the next week, when war was again declared between the Christian commander and the soldiers of Mahomet. The cause was this. Mr. F had obtained a number of books styled first Class Book's [sic], for [??] Sunday noon's instead of [passages?]. The said [30?], with others, refused to take them, alleging they had the Bible that was sufficient. They endeavoured to compel [sic] them. But all was in vain. The brave champions of "Liberty" were resolute, even to the last struggle!! When they beheld the continuance of Mr. F's tyranny [17?] left. Others are going and [7?] went last Saturday. I understand that [8?] of the number are at [H?]. The meeting house looks quite bare, in comparison to what it did when I entered it for the first time. The story in circulation now is that "New Hampton has taken an [??], cleans'd her tabernacles, and Hopkinton has received [sic] the contents." Or by some, "Miss Lerned has sent the contents to H." However no place will be disgraced by those who have left, as Mr. F says himself that they were his best speakers scholars & [??] of all. Not much of an examination is expected. The war still continues, as Mr. F in [sic] not entirely recovered from a brain fever, (during which he was thought several times to be dying) and the students hold the reins. I have not heard from H. since I wrote you, but have received a paper, entitled the Unitarian Monitor. Cannot imagine who could have sent it but Mr. Currier, as there is not other person in H. takes that paper. Last Wednesday heard an address on Temperance. Delivered by Mr. [Magoona] student fitting for a Missionary to [?]. The whole was very well connected, style good, in some places poetical, and bordering on the sublime. He is considered as possessing a remarkable genius for poetry and other kinds of consumption. He wrote a Hymn for the occasion, sung in tune "[Scots?] who [?]". On the Friday before, an address on "Education at the West", by Mr. Going, a Baptist minister from [Worcester?], Mass. styled in the part, the "Great Gun". His very witty and spirited expressions created a smile on the face of every one present. Tomorrow is [fast?] throughout the Baptist's [sic] in this state; on account of the Cholera. In 5 weeks from to-day, the school closes. I shall not stop at [?] probably as the school at H. will commemce [sic] before that time, and I must be at home to see about boarders &c &c. But shall look for you here.
Gentlement's ex'n Tuesday, Ladies, Wednesday, and Exhibition Thursday. I wish Louisa would come too, as it will not cost you anything whilst here. I have though some of returning before ex'n, but do not think much of it now. I feel very anxious to hear the famous Messrs Heally and Dickerson, with others at H. declaim. But suppose I shall not be granted that priviledge [sic] this term. Had a letter from M.A. Brick, 28 of June. Prentice [?] is here, know him only by sight. I have read 2 vols of your Botany. Miss Hazzeltine has the 1st and thinks it excellent. I was very sorry I was not at home when [?] relations were at H. Was surprised to hear of Uncle C's conversion. What do you think of this strange season? For my part it seems to me like fall. And of the Cholera? I think reports have been greatly exaggerated. And as to it's being in N.Y., Mr. Taylore had a letter from his son, stating it was a mistake, and that it would be contradicted in the papers. This news we received yesterday from the city. How does L. Jane appear since her long ride? And what does she have to say about it? Miss Griggs mentioned visiting with Louisa from Concord, and I was surprised to hear she had returned so soon. How far did she go? Miss G. has a sister and cousin here. All fine girls. Miss Hazzletine has had an invitation to take a school in Ohio. It is thought by many that she will accept. I think N.H. worthy of her! Has any person heard from Augustus at H. as you know of? Tell the Dr. I am as well as ever now, so he need not come till I send for him. I hardly think I should be contented to stay as long as this term, were it not that I am conscious [sic] when once liberated, I am not exposed to imprisonment a second time. Frequently when studying, I lay aside my book, and imagine myself just entering the village, and then at home. Sunday when feeling such sensations, I took my pencil, and composed verses, one if which is the following.
Thrice happy then Aprove [sic] the day,
I hail to bear me far away
From thy [?] shore
And blest th'auspicious morn, I pray,
That tempts me when I part, to say
I'll never see the more"!
You perceive I am quite poetical, and for my own part, I think it rather strange, that all at once I should take such a liking to poetry as I never wrote any before I came here. However the above is but a poor exsample [sic], as blank verse is more congenial to my feelings. I wrote to Mother for a pair of square toed and heel'd [prunilla?] shoes, my Prayer book, Pins, and a pair of [?] Mitts. She said Louisa would bring them on her return. Likewise that she could not find a good pair of shoes in H. but would make arrangements with Louisa. If you have not the bundle, nor know nothing concerning it, I shall write to H. and have it sent by stage. I have worn my calf skin shoes, till I can wear them no longer, unless the fronts are made entirely [sic] new. I wish you would write immediately, as I wish to send for my shoes. I will not send the measure of my foot, thinking if I send home for one thing, I had better for all.
From your affectionate sister, C.C. Lerned
[Written up side of page]
Love to Louisa and family. Think you well paid me for my letter. Hope as much in return [??] soon as you receive this. I send by mail as the driver now is careless Mr. Taylor says and I am very anxious to hear about my bundle. My "sending the contents to H" refers to my praising the male [sic] department at H. so highly to Mr. Taylor, and he to the students
[Address on envelope]
Mrs. Margarette B. McQuesten
Sandbornton Bridge, N.H.
1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.