W0687 TO MARGARETTE B. [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from her brother Edward Lerned
Aug 5 1833 Monday1
To: Margarette B. (Lerned) McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
Affectionate Sister M.[Margarette]
Your letter for Mr. Sweat was received by me, with the greatest pleasure, and I should have answered it before had it not been for certain things. Dear M. you judged me to [sic] hard, you did not guess the right cause of my so long being silent, it was because I wished to improve my hand writing.2 My wish has at length been gratified, I have been to a Writing School, to Mr. Barker, he boarded with us. We thought him a pleasant, and to all appearances, a likely man. I leave you to judge whether I have improved or not. You wrote you heard I was going into a Printing Office, but it is false, it was the wish of my Guardian, my wish was to go out of Town to School, or into a Store as I do not like to live here. I failed of success in going into a Store, as there was no vacant place, any where I tried. I have at length determined to go to School and have been a long time in choosing one, but have at last agre'd [sic] on Plainfield, N.H.3 I leave for there the last day of this month if nothing prevents. The School commences the third day of September. I go by Uncle Woods express desire. I shall spend Sunday with him and start from there Monday, with John, and a Mr. Gardner, who attends School there.
Mother has been on a visit to Newport and also went to Windsor, to see Catharine accompanyed [sic] by Lucy and Elisabeth, as far as Newport, you will find more about this visit in the latter part of this letter. I have been on a visit to Sanbornton [sic], was gone a week spent two nights in Concord, had a pleasant time. Hellen [sic] Margarette was very sick and was not expected to live.
The Methodist Conference was held in that place while I was there. One day the the [sic] meting [sic] was in the Woods, most two hundred Methodist Ministers were there and about two thousand people. Hugh, Charles, and myself went and carried our dinners with us, had an excelent [sic] meting [sic], many Methodist Ministers fel [sic] down and pretended life was extinct, but at last were brought to by throwing water in thier [sic] faces. O Shameful Conduct!!!!
Louisa's babe is dead--we had a line from there last Monday Morning, stating that Sunday it did not rest so well as usual but at last she calmed it to sleep, in the morning she went to wake it up to nurse, but it was cold & lifeless by her side.4 She requested all of us to come over Tuesday, to the Funeral, but it rained so hard we could not go. Mother, Lucy & Elisabeth were gone at that time, but returned Wednesday night and were very much fatigued. Mrs. Harvey, formerly Miss S. Gideons, Twins are both dead. She does not notice it much but Mr. H. does. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey and Minister Chase went down to Concord, to the Funeral. Capt. Nathaniel Knowlton, a Representitive [sic] of this Town died three weeks ago last Friday, and was buried Sunday, in the Church farm.
Now for something else. I have a fine Garden this Summer, we have had new Potatoes for four weeks, String and Shell Beans above a Week, Beets that were a foot long, and eight inches in circumference, Pumpkins that are beginning to turn yellow, Cucumbers nine inches long and eleven inches round, and shall soon have new Corn. I have done, all that has been done, in the Garden this year, except Ploughing raking and sowing of beds, but enough of this.
I received your Paper Tuesday Morning, and was not surprised to hear of I. Berry's Marriage, as we concluded he would tie himself, if he could find any body, to tie with. William Estabrook was married, two Weeks since, to Miss Damon of Concord, all the relitives [sic] and near acquaintances in Hopkinton were asked, Martha Flanders and Stephen Blanchard among the number.
After six months Schooling if nothing prevents, I shall come on to the West. Give my love to Brother C. and tell him I have made up my mind to be a Doctor, and come and study with him. I heard last week that Mr. Berry's family had gone to New York City, if so write me some of the particulars in your next, also about the marriage of Jacob. Give my love to Jonas, and to Peter. Miss Watkins two sisters are in town from Boston, she sends love to you. Love from Mr.& Mrs. Flanders & Family, also from Mother, my sisters, & myself, to you and Brother.
From your dear and only Brother
Edward A.H. Lerned
1 W0687 & W0688 were in the same envelope wrapper.
2 The script is very tiny, very neat, with many flourishes.
3 Plainfield is near Lebanon, N.H., near the border of Vermont, approximately 35 miles from Hopkinton, N.H.
4 The baby, Ellen Margarett, was born May 29, 1833, and died approx. July 31, 1833, see W0675 & W0680, W0687, W0701, W0735.
5 To learn more about Margarette Barker Lerned [McQuesten] please see W0609.