DANIEL SPENCER GILMAN COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY DANIEL SPENCER
Lowell Sunday eve March 21st 1847
It being a rainy, drizzling, gloomy evening I have concluded to write you a line, not because I have any thing particular to say, but because I in common with the mass of mankind wish to retain a place in the memory if not in the affections of relatives & acquaintance. (...) By the way what do you think I have lived on this winter. I will tell you for you can’t guess, ‘tis Buckwheat flapjacks & molasses with the exception of Sundays when we have bean porridge. O what a dish to set before a king.
Lowell as a City is increasing in wealth & business rapidly. The New City which we visited when you were here & which is call’d Lawrence is said to contain three or four thousand inhabitants. So much for the effects of wealth. A fellow who calls himself Spencer Misner is here & claims to be a relative of mine by right of his Uncle’s dog having once run across my grandfather’s goose pasture, the truth of which I know not (...)
One word of prophecy & I close. You may expect another young Cousin some time if not before, gracious me what Gilmans. This is intended for your eye only.
Yours as ever DSG
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