Cowles, Mary Ann
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Transcribed: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History 

Lowell, December 6th 1847

My dear Sister

 I now sit down to write
you a few lines to let you know that I am well and
hope you are the same. you must excuse me
for not writing to you before this, but I have
been so buissy that I have not had time. I
arived here safely, and have gone to work
in the Spining room. I like it very much
indeed it is very easy pretty work after you
once get lerned, but it requires some patience
to lern when you first begin. I almost gave
up in despair the first day, it made my
fingers so sore, but I thought if the other
girls could lern I could and now the work
seames quite easy to me. I like Lowell very
much now at first I thought I could not
ever get to like it for I was so homesick.
I was all the time wishing I was back in
Hartford1,  but now I feel quite different as Cousin
Laura is here with me she arived here a week
from last Saturday she thought as I liked
the work here she should like to come too

1Hartford, CT 

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and so it makes it very pleasant for me
for it seames almost like home to me now she
is here, we do not work in the same mill
to gether as she did not like spinning but choose
rather to work in the Weave room she
likes it verry much so far I hope she will be
contented here, we both board in the same bordin-
g house and room together, we have about
twenty four boarders here. we have had very pleasant
wether since I have been here the first snow
we have had was last night but it was so little
that it has almost melted off now I went to
Church all day yestoday I have perchassed me a seat
in the Presbyterian Church2  and I attend there the
Minister's name is Mr Hanks3  he is a very good man
I think it is much better to attend one Church
steady than to be going from one to another evry
Sabbeth as a great many of the girls do here,
perhaps you would like to kow what time we go
in the mill in the morning the first bell rings
for them to get up to get breakfast at 5 o clock
and at 6 the second bell rings for the girls to
get up and at half past six the third rings
for the girls it to go in the mill, and at half
past twelve we come out to dinner and go in
at one and stay till half past 7 o clock at night
and by the time we get through tea it is eight
o clock and so the eavnings are very short
Saturday, we get out at four in the afternoon, which

2 John Street (Orthodox) Congregational Church was organized May 9, 1839. The house was dedicated January 24, 1840. Reverend Stedman Wright Hanks, the first pastor, was ordained March 20, 1840, and dismissed February 3, 1853.. 
3 Rev. Stedman Wright Hanks b: 6 Sep 1811, Mansfield, CT d: 24 Aug 1889, Clifton. Son Horace and Sophia Wright. Ellington (CT) High School; Yale, 1833-34; A.C., 1834-37.  Union T.S., 1837-38; Yale T.S., 1838-39; resident licentiate Andover T.S., 1839-40; ordained 20 Mar 1840, Lowell, MA; pastor John Street Church 1840-53; district secretary American Seamen's Friend Society and corresponding secretary Boston Seamen's Friend Society, 1853-89.  Representative to State Legislature, 1856. Married (1st) 5 Aug 1840 Rebecca, daughter of Ira Gay, Nashua, NH, who d. 21 May 1852; (2nd) 2 Aug 1853, Sarah, daughter of Aaron Hall, Oxford, NH, 5 children.

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gives us a little more time. Cousin Laura works
on Massachusetts No 2 weave room and I work on
the Prescott in the Spining room there is no number
to the room where I work. You must excuse this
miserable letter for I am in great haste I hope
I shall soon hear from you for I wish to know how
you and the family4  are Aunt Abigial5  is much
better than she was when I was when I was in Hartford
and Cousin Frank has gone to New Hampshire
to work this winter on the Rail Road I think
Laura is qute well and sends her love, Pleas give
my love to all and [accept] much yourself from your
do write soon

                               Ever affectionate Si
                               Mary Cowles

                               when you write Pleas direct to
                               Mary Cowles 6
                               No 35 Mass Corporation

[on cover]
Miss Adeline Cowles7
c/o Mr. John Wells8
Wethersfield, CT

4Parents: A.S.  Cowles [b: 1788, CT] and Mary Ann --- [b: 1789, CT]
5Abigail Waters b: 1805, CT
6Mary Ann Cowles b: Nov 1830, Tolland, CT; married: Daniel P. Bates b: 1828, Old Saybrook, CT
7Adeline L. Cowles b: Aug 1833, Toland, CT; married: John W. Crane b: Sep 1836, CT 
8John Welles, farmer b: 3 Aug 1813, Wethersfield, CT; married: Mary Welles Walcott  b: 1 Aug 1812, Wethersfield, CT

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