Gilman, Lydia 1833 07 05
 
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LOWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ALFRED GILMAN COLLECTION

WRITTEN BY LYDIA O. GILMAN
TO HER BROTHER ALFRED GILMAN

                                          New Bedford,   July 5th 1833

My dear Brother,

   I have just received a letter from my
husband and hasten to inform you of its contents, I have just
left the stage which brought me from Dartmouth 4 miles from here
where I have been to pay a visit to a cousin of mine, & spend the
Fourth of July & and I have had a very delightful time, Harriet and
myself in company with a party of our young relatives and friends
went to take a sail yesterday (Independent day) we went about five
miles out into the Bay and landed (if it may be call’d landing)
on a large rock called “Dumpling rock” on which is a Lighthouse
the lower part of it is finished for the family who keep the Light, and
they frequently entertain large sailing parties we had a spyglass and
climbed up to the top of the house and had a most delightful view
of the surrounding country, Islands, sea & ships. We thought of
you dear Alfred many times in the course of the day and often
spoke of you, and your brother Stephen was not forgotten on that
pleasant day, the Gentlemen call’d for dinner and then we all
went out to try our skill in catching fish---but enough
of this, you will say write something of more consequence.

    I was intending to stay at Dartmouth longer but my husbands
letter has altered my determination, tis only 2 hours since I received it
and now my arrangements are all made for my return home.
you know a wish half expressed from Stephen have more weight
with me than all the arguments that others can suggest.
Stephen has given up the idea of coming to Boston and wishes
me to return home in company with our mother, he writes the
children are all well. Helen says “she was willing for Ma to go
away but she did not think she would stay so long and make
her feel so” and from the tenor of his letter she seems to have
expressed her Fathers feelings exactly and I cannot prolong my stay
for my own pleasure when Stephen wishes so much for my return.

   We arrived safely at this place Wednesday of last week, found
our friends well and happy to receive us, my health is as good
as when I left Lowell, Harriet is very well, our friends will not
listen a word to her going home till autumn, if she does then
it is doubtful, we have a cousin, (Miss Abigial Hendrick) of her
age and a pleasant companion for her, she is a fine singer, I
think you would be almost charmed with her voice, ‘tis such
an one as I seldom hear, she plays the piano with taste and skill.
I am urged very much to make my visit longer, but my duty
and my inclinations both point to the same path for me to pursue.
I must forego the pleasure of visiting Lowell for the superior one
of meeting my dear husband and children at home.
I intend to leave town tomorrow morning and spend a few days
Rochester, and set out for Boston next Tuesday, and probably arrive
the same evening. I wish you inform your Mother that I am only
waiting to give her time to arrive in Boston, were it for having
her company home with me I would start for home tomorrow
and leave my compliments to those friends that I have not
visited, but I will have patience and hope to meet
Mother in Boston by Tuesday or Wednesday, Stephen thinks
it would be less trouble to us both for to put up with
me at Mrs. Perkins, Federal Str. 46. Give much love to all our
brothers & sisters from me, tell them I have anticipated a great
deal of pleasure in visiting them with Stephen, and I still hope
to realize it at some future period. Give my love to Hannah
and family, not forgetting Mr. Adams, as your friend I regard him
affectionately, and esteem him highly for his own sake, do always mention him in your 
letters which I hope will be neither “few nor far
between” they shall always be answered my word for it.

   And now my dear Alfred receive my kindest wishes, may you be
happy with the fair girl you have chosen to be your bosom companion
may she be your solace and joy in life’s saddest hours and your
pride and chief treasure in your days of prosperity, for me, I shall
long remember the many days we have passed together
and my beloved brother’s attentions. That rendered those hours so
agreeable. Stephen writes in terms expressing obligation to you for
the gratifications you have afforded his “Lydia Gilman

P.S.  I believe I left an article of clothing among Hannah’s
clean clothes-if so pleas to seal it in course paper and
send it by stage to Mrs. Perkin’s. Harriet is at Dartmouth
or she would desire much love to you all  L.O.G.

 

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