W1036 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his aunt Catharine C.P. Lerned
May 21 1873
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, New York, N.Y.
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire
My dear friend,
How many times I have wished to see, or hear from your loved and well remembered self, and now, I am looking at your card, with a few lines of your penmanship addressed to Mr. Flanders, prompting me to send you a cordial greeting from my home mid the hills.
You cannot imagine the many inquiries made as to the only child of our sainted sister Margarette, and we hear that you have not quite forgotten us, (myself in particular) also, that you may sometime visit N.H. as well as the native town of your Mother. Why not come this Summer? Not for one of your flying visits of a few hours, as when last you dawned in upon us, but a week, or two or three days.
You will find our home saddened by the loss of our loved Mother, who died on 30th Sept. at the hour of sunset three years since. Sister Lizzie, (youngest of our family) has been an invalid from partial paralysis of throat and neck, for two years, and will never fully recover from same. But Mrs. F. probably gave you all family news--she will write a few lines with me at this time. I have a good ambrotype of yourself, taken years since, and should you have any Phots taken, would like one for my album, if agreeable to yourself. I have good Photos of you Father, and Mr. Isaac [McQ?]. You may have heard of Mr. J. Fisher's ill health. He sent me a paper containing a notice of the desired sale of his beautiful premises, [pending?] to the departure of himself and family, for Europe. Do you not think of a trip across the Ocean, and a sojourn in the old country? All this will happen after the [event?] matrimonial; which, I trust, is not in the [dim?] distance. But people are so secret in all such matters, I must not expect any intimations, till the cards may announce a certain fact. You know not how much pleasure it would give us all to hear from you occasionally, if not often. "Brief life is here our portion," and for the time remaining I trust we shall not forget the ties of kindred and friendship. Remember the Photo when convenient. Please write me at your earliest leisure; and whenever you incline to visit us, be assured of a welcome to our hearts and home. With much love, I remain
May 31st 1873