UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
CENTER FOR LOWELL HISTORY
WRIITEN BY MARIA MEHITABLE EASTMAN CHILD1
TO ISAAC CHILD2
Church St. no. 3 Lowell3
Nov 14 1848
My Dear Husband,
A few moments
after I left you I was on the way to Lowell
near Marz which carried the passengers
along Jupiter like and less than I hour
I was in the Lowell Depo (on Depot as some
say). I found Aunt well, also sister4
in rather percarious situation, unpleasant
too, but I soon attended to her wants by my
influence which was of great avail with
Rev, by who meanes she is now teaching
the school she has long expected.
Tomorrow I leave for Franklin5
as I learn
my niece & nephews are expected at home
on Thanksgiving day so I shall not visit Goffs6
till I return & perhaps not at all.
I met the P.M.7 & said
“There is a letter in the office for you directed in
your old name” so I went to get it. You will
laugh when you read & see the author thought
he was addressing a Whig.8
It is a printed
document asking me to tell something
of the influence of the Tariff of 46 It was
no doubt intended for before Election as
the mail markings on the 2d inst are printed
1Mehitable “Maria” Eastman b: 25
Mar 1816, Franklin, NH d:
2 Apr 1853,
Boston, MA; parents: Phineas Eastman and Judith
1848: Isaac Child.
2Husband – Isaac Child b: 1 May
1792, West Roxbury, MA d: 23
Dec 1885, Boston,
4Sister – Sophia A. Eastman b:
1822, NH d; CA; parents Phineas
Eastman and Judith
Gale; married 1851: Harrison Gilman Eastman
b: 7 Feb 1822, Concord,
NH d: 1886/1893, CA.
5Franklin, New Hampshire.
6Goffs, New Hampshire.
8Whig Political Party.
on the 31st of but last. The gentlemen will
have my mind and thereby find he has
made a mistake and we by the Great
Issue in a Nutshell accompanier
my answer that I am a “Free Soil Woman”9
one on 2 sentiments will convince you
what the man thought.
a view to procure adequate
information, I have addressed circulars to all
Our distinguished Whigs in the various
walks of life.”
“You will, therefore, perceive the
importance of prompt & efficient action
in whatever you may be pleased to do.”
It was mailed at New York & unpaid!!
I read it to the [----] P.M. & had a good
laugh. This lead to an argument about the
Free Soil Movement & they were “supprised
to see me talk so, but knew my husband
had instructed me & converted me in
the bad movement.”
has made me a pesent
of a bottle of Comfound.
write me so I
can get it Sab day?
you will not be unhappy
in my absence if I thought you were I
should be the same & Marz would soon
bring me to you, as fast as the Depo
9Free Soil Party and Movement –
opposed to admitting into the
Union any new
states which allow slaves.
remember me to Mrs. Warren & her
I see you, siting to the
desk missing my prancing and my
prating more. I flew around this morn as
usual making Sophia cough and enquire
if I acted so before you.
It is 11 O clock and I must retire to
dream of you. So Good Sir, Good Night.
Boston Loco-motive Works
M.M. Child at Lowell
Nov 14 1848