DANIEL SPENCER GILMAN COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY DANIEL SPENCER
TO HIS PARENTS MOSES AND PATIENCE SPENCER GILMAN
Lowell March 1st 1840
Ever Dear Parents. (...) I have been informed through the kindness of Miss Ellen Soles that a young Lady intends starting for Brome on Tuesday next and that she would take charge of any Letters or Papers which I might choose to send therefore I improve this chance of writing you hoping ere you receive this you will all be enjoying your usual good health and Spirits. When I shall return to Brome I cannot say as I have engaged myself to Uncle for one month or ten as I choose. My wages are not large but as I am here and enjoy myself very well I think I shall stay some time.
When Peter MacDonald of Dunham was here in January I let him have 16 Dollars in Montreal Bank Notes to exchange in expectation of his returning to Lowell in a short time, but as he has not returned I shall enclose an order for you to get it unless he intends to return here soon. If he does you need not present the order, he lives near Churchville. My farm I shall leave in your care Wishing you to manage it as you think advisable
There is a great many People here who believe that the World is coming to an end in 1843 as preached by Mr. Miller. To confute this Mr. Thomas an Universalist minister of this City delivered two Lectures which I have heard and intend to hear the third this Evening and by paying 12 _ Cts at the door I can obtain a Copy which I shall send you. The lectures were delivered at the City Hall which will seat about one thousand Persons and hundreds were obliged to go away being unable to obtain admittance.
I sent you a short time since the Boston Notion which I hope arrived safe. Business is quite dull yet. There has been a few cases of Small Pox here but I do not fear it as I have been vaccinated by the City Authorities which operated well and made me quite sick for one day. It seems I am not forgotten by our good friend Miss Olcott. Please give my respects to her and Mr. Olcott. I have not tasted of any Liquor since I have been here excepting Cider nor do I intend to what time I remain here. There is some chance of my getting employment on the New Corporation but it is most to much of a confined life to suit me. What few leisure moments I have are employed in studying Phrenology as I have about become a convert to the Science. Uncle’s time is fully employed in overseeing his business so that he has little or no time to work himself. I have not time to write any more and subscribe myself your Dutiful Son
Daniel S. Gilman