W0622 TO MARGARETTE B. [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from her brother Edward A. H. Lerned
Jul 10 1832
To: Margerette B. (Lerned) McQuesten, Sandbornton Bridge, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Being detained from school by lameness a few days I thought I would devote part of my time in answering your kind letter which I ought to have done before. The Cholera is nearly extinct in Montpielier and in other places in that section of the Country but is raging in N. York and in some places adjoining. I attend the Academy and study Lattin [sic] as usual. I finished Sallusth [sic] a week ago and have begun Cisero [sic].
Mr. Berry expects to move out in four weeks at the end of which time we shall begin to take Boarders. Mr. Flanders has moved his barn up back of his house which does not look very well. N. Goffe boards with us but expects to leave in four weeks as he is a going to Mr. Ballard's school and of course would board thier [sic]. I have ten Silk Worms they will begin to spin in about a week. I have Corn as high as my head and Potatoes Blowed and Peas fit for to eat, we have had a plenty of Rheubarb [sic] and Currants for pies, our Mulberry Trees bear very well this year, there will be an ounce of seeds which will come to a Dollar. Our Garden looks very well considering that Father is not alive to superintend it. Our Damask Roses were almost Winter killed, we were about to cut them down thinking they were dead when we percieved [sic] four branches on each were alive, we cut down the rest and the eight branches have formed to large Bushes and have bore 7 Blossoms. The Read [sic] & White Roses are about done blowing [sic]. We have out of 1000 Blossoms not taking any from the Bushes on the sides of the path.
Mr. Berry expects to have all his children Baptised next Sunday. Bishop Griswell is in Town, he preached 3 Sermons on Sunday and two yestarday [sic]. Old Deacon Bailey is dead and is to be buried to morrow, he is 94 years old. I have become acquainted with Charles McQuestion [sic] he is a very agreable [sic] fellow and considerable like Brother Calven [sic]. 100 Paddys passed through Concord about a fortnight ago, eight passed through this Town. They have taken means to prevent the Cholera coming into Concord and I hope they will. I must now stop as it is time for the mail to arive [sic]. Give my love to Brother Hugh & Calven [sic] also to Sister L. and Children, to Charles Peter & Molly. Mother & Children Mr. Flanders and family send much love to all.
From your affectionate Brother,
P.S. We shall expect to see you the last of this month to make the long promised visit. Mother says she has got her chamber all prepared for you.
[Envelope wrapper:] Mrs. Margarette B. McQuesten
Sandbornton Bridge, N.H.
1 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.