Abbott Brothers Letters 1852
 
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PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS1

WRITTEN BY VARNUM ABBOTT2
TO NATHANIEL E. CLARK3

Lowell4 Apr 18th 1852 Sunday

Repected friend I now write a few lines
to you my health is first rate and has
bin  since I left Glover5 except I had the
measles I lost 8 days but didnít have
any doctor I drinked 75 cents worth of gin

I kept drank till they come out I drinked
all the gin that I could and went to
bed I didnít know much more that day
the aint any snow, here nor haint ben any
for a month to stay on more than to or
three day the farmers haint done anything
to their land yet  I donít think much
of this place for farming the land is poor
and wants a good deal of labor to make it
produce anything  I under stand that Elmer
Bartlet is to [unclear] Nashua and olin
Drew a weak a go [unclear] hadnt got in to
work and gush steveson is down here
I stay at the same place it is not
so hard here as it is on a farm but
when I get a little money I think that
I shall but me a bit of land up there
and keep a badcheldors hall  we have to
sleep in the watch house and make our own bed

  1This letter is part of the Abbott Brothers Collection at Philadelphia 
     College in Pennsylvania.  Transcribed by the University of Massachusetts 
     Lowell, Center for Lowell History.
  2Varnum Abbott b: 1834, VT; Cephas Clark and Margaret H. King 
     [first married] Jonas Varnum Abbott; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, 
     Massachusetts.
  3Nathaniel E. Clark b: 1826, VT; employed: teacher, Glover, VT.
  4Lowell, Massachusetts.
  5Glover, Vermont.
 
 
 
 I expect that you are a making shugar6
And prerhaps a shugaring of to day
I wish that I could be up there to one
Shugaring of and jest see you all but il wait
a while,  good butter is from 25 to 30 cents a
pound and good beaf stake cts,  potatoes
as they cary them round to the boarding places
they have a dollar a bushel, foesale are about 60 cts
Eegs 30 cts a dozen  the is a good many stores here
but every thing is high all they live on is
folks that work in the factorys  the is 11
corporations in this sitty and the merimac
is the largest and the richest,  Loren frost
haint ben able to do any thing for four weaks
he thinks that he shall go to work this
weak I got a letter from Jonas last
weak he is well.  I wonder how ford and his
french m,a,n, gets a long I donít expect
that you have got home yet haint heard
whether caleb has got home or not
tell Sanford that the is a letter at the
post ofice for him if he aint got it
I give or send my best wishes to betsey and Sarah
and all the family write as soon as you get
this for I am quite anxious to whether caleb
has got home or not

  6Maple Sugar.
 
 
 
 
Wel the people have had a nice time
in getting maried up to vermont
I believe that they are all married
if you are when you get maried jest
let me know whether you get [shiverru]
or not if I was up there I
would be one of the gang
it is most, 1 Oíclock and il
Close my letter wash up and
get my dinner so I close wishing you
health and prosperity   Respectfully yours

           Varnum Abbott

           Mr. N.E. Clark

           Worthen St 75
           Lowell, Mass

write soon
jest write
whare Ezra
is and what
he is a doing              I heard that he was a book age

 

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