1846 Davis, Lucy
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Friday Eve Nashua3 Sept 25th 1846 

Dear Sister Bennet

It is with much pleasure I seat myself at my table to converse with you by the silent language of the pen. How my Dear S. are you these days and all the good friends of H.4 I assure you I wold give all the bright cents I have to see you and some others in H tonight but as that will do no good I will tell something of my times and health since I saw you. I could not get a chance to suit me, so I came here to work in the Mill. The work was much harder than I expected and quite new to me. After I had been there a number of days I was obliged to stay out sick but I did not mean to give it up so and tried it again but was obliged to give it up altogether. I have now been out about one week and am some better than when I left but not verry well. I think myself cured of my Mill fever as I cannot stand it to work there. The people that I board with have been verry kind to me and want me to stay hear and work in a shop. There are a number of chances and I think some of stopping but have not decided yet. My friend in Boston wished me to come there. If I worked at my trade and if I thought I could make more I would go and think some of going next week and see what I can do. I like the place and people hear verry much but wish to work whare I can make the most. Will you pleas…write me whare to find Dr. Gleason as I wish to see him when I go to Boston. My head has been considerably affected since I went into the Mill. . .will you pleas to ask Miss Forbs to excuse me for not paying my bill. . .Pleas tell her if I do not come to H soon I shal send to you when I pay my assessments. . .Next time I write I hope my head will feel better and I will write more… 

Yours truly

L M Davis
  1Bennett Family, Letters (1839-1846) Haverhill Public Library, 
     Haverhill, Massachusetts.  These letters appear in New England 
     Mill Village, 1790-1860, Gary Kulik, Roger Parks, Theodore Z. 
     Penn, eds., (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1982). Used by 
     permission and edited by Old Sturbridge Village.)
  2Sabrina Bennett b: 18 Nov 1818 d: 22 Dec 1860, Haverhill, MA; 
     parents Richard Bennett and Ruth Edwards; married 1857: 
     Oliver Turner.
  3Nashua, New Hampshire.
  4Haverhill, Massachusetts.

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