W1050 TO [DR.] CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN From his cousin Alice Flanders.
Mar 7 1875
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten
From: Hopkinton Massachusetts
Dear Cousin Calvin:
Mother is writing to you and I think there will be no improprieties if I say a few words to my cousin.
This is the first winter I have been at home since 1867 being in [??] since that late excepting that winter when I was in Brooklyn. We have a great deal of snow in Hopkinton and extreme cold weather and I guess many have suffered far and near. The snow comes up to the fence in our yard.
I have now commenced to earn my daily bread by the sweat of my brow. I am now a confined old school marm. I began teaching last summer down by [Tamlton?] on the southeastern part of Mass.
[Now the sides first straw up was being in poor health in] Holyoke began to think a change might not hurt me and began acquaintances there who kindly assisted me in getting a school. I did not know how I should stand it but was living out on a farm and not a great ways from [Port Mater?], it proved beneficial. The art of teaching being a pleasure to me I saw to another school up in the "land of Canada"- I am not particularly pleased with these country schools, the Committees are so shiftless. I am striving for a City school. I have now taught two terms, shall probably be teaching again this summer. I am [???] to a great day for Hop people, namely tours, meeting day which occurs on Tuesday next.
I suppose you have [never seen my father that he is a split [???]. [???] I hope you try when you are down that may you will give him a call, he would no doubt be delighted to see you.
My sister Mary has a little girl born after I left Brooklyn- should be there before [old] and stay [???] she is a little hornet. I suppose you have had [??] practice enough for a month or two persistent lung fever, now prescribed her for [??]- have much written you have fought [??] been for a long time to see to this ends. [??] in Brooklyn I expect from 12 in [???] and expect [Rest illegible].
From your cousin