WRITTEN BY VARNUM ABBOTT2
TO MARGARET AND CEPHAS CLARK3
Lowell4 Sunday 17th
1852 Oct. Mass
Respected parents I having a leisure
Time will pen a few lines to you hoping
all Good my health is first rates
this fall and I hope that yours is
and Dolly’s5 is
to and all the people’s
Jonas6 has gone to bed
he rote this fore
non I don’t know what he rote so I
may write the same that does
Nancy is to work in the mill I guess that
she don’t like as well as she thought she should
I ment to rote before the time hass passed
I was glad of those greetings you sent to
me and that Cake went first rate it
was the best that we eat this six months
I should like to call on you this evning
insteade of watching but as I cant you
must write I would like to have you all
write Farther Mother & Sister & how
you all get a long etc. I have a lot to
write but not of much value I close
By send my love to you all.
1This letter is part of the Abbott
Brothers Collection at Philadelphia
College in Pennsylvania.
Transcribed by the University of Massachusetts
Center for Lowell History.
2Varnum Abbott b: 1834, VT; parents:
Margaret H. King and Jonas Varnum
Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, Massachusetts.
3Parents – Margaret and Cephas
Clark, Glover, VT.
5Sister – Dorothy “Dolly” M. Abbott
b: 1841, Glover, VT; parents: Margaret H.
King and Jonas
Varnum Abbott; stepfather: Cephas Clark.
6Brother - Jonas Abbott b: 1848,
Glover, VT; parents: Margaret H. King and
Jonas Varnum Abbott;
stepfather: Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, Massachusetts.
I know I share thy smiles with many
That autumn time is come that sheds
Upon the naked scenes charms only
Known in this northern clime Bright Seasens
[these five lines were written in a circle]
When I get this page all rote over I shall stop dont
get out of patience youl find the end fore soon if you
can read this I am shure that you cant read comon writing
do you know where and why it is the girls talk of getting
married ive got to a period.
only time to add that
I am in
[written along the right hand side]
we had a frost here
last night to night
it is cold & rainy