Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Columbus Warren, Maine to Sophia Clark, Massachusetts, 1843

This stampless letter has a circular date stamp for OLDTOWN Me. [Maine], and is addressed to Mrs. Sophia Clark, Dedham, Mass, and is a two page 'Dear Sister' letter written by Columbus Warren.

The headline is Old Town, Oct 1, 1843.

Some abstracts:

"... we had made our calculations to move to Sumervill this season, but Henry's business on Fish River & on the St. John was such that he could not leave there to attend to moving."

"There is one house on the premises [Sumervill] which is occupied by Mr. Isaiah West, a brother of Henry; we calculated to have built a house this season for our families at Sumervill, but other business prevented."

"I am sorry to learn that you & Mary Warren are so unwell, and hope that you will have your health restored soon." "I should be pleased to visit brother Thomas this fall but I shall not be able to."

"Spring Hill in Sumervill will be an excellent place to take boarders from Boston."

"Summervill would probably be a good place for Mary Warren to take a school if she should be so disposed after we get moved there, as they must have female teacher."

J. McNeill to James McNeill, Kentucky, 1847

This stampless letter has a manuscript 'postmark' for New Market Ten, Nov 2d 47, a handwritten 5 cent rate (and a bunch of handwritten scrawling ...) and is addressed to Mr. Jas. H. McNeill, Loudon, Ky., and is a two page 'Dear Brother' letter written by Jno. & S.[?]J. McNeill.

The headline is New Market, Nov 2nd 1847.

Some abstracts:

"We are at present and have during the last summer enjoyed Remarkable good health ..."

"Mrst. Hayworth & Bales informed me that they lodged one night with you and that you were all well."

"When I last wrote I spoke of moving I am still in that notion and Mr. Mathes is now on a tour to Missouri seeking a suitable location, how that may terminate it is not for me to say at present though I will know in the course of three or four weeks, he resigned his seat as President of Holston College and will either locate in Missouri or some where in the South. There is one thing certain I intend leavin this part as soon as I can make it convenient but where I shall go I know not."

"Though the opening for teachers is much greater in the South than either this state or Ky and I intend going to one or the other of these places."

"Wm. Robert Howard is doing fine and is beginning to talk."

Sends his regards to mother and father.

Monday, January 19, 2004

B. Gove Docketing, Maine to Rev. C. H. Titus, Rhode Island, 1840

This stampless letter has a faint red circular date stamp for MONMOUTH Me. [Maine], a handwritten 5 cent rate, and is addressed to Rev. C. H. Titus, Woonsockett, R.I., and is a two page letter written by B. Gove. Docketing on a fold says "Bradbury Gove".

The headline is Monmouth Dec 19, 1840.

He starts out 'Dear Brother', which may mean brother in law.

Some abstracts:

"We have long been in a state betwixt two wheather to write or not if we knew you had entirely forgotten us. I should not have troubled you with this but as we are very anxious to hear from you and to know what has become of Mother ..."

"Charles, we have felt that it would be a privelege to hear from you as we could not see you and tell you our feelings, we feel that we have been truly afflicted in the death of our darling boy and although the wheels of time are swiftly roaling ..."

"Our family are all well as common at the present all though sickness and death are all a round us there has been a number of deaths since I last wrote you, Mr. Stephen Prescott has died and I.N. Prescott has lost a son, we are now all a lone, Aunt Lydia has gone, we have moved in to the parlor expect Mr. Donell to move in soon."

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