LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
GALUSHA FAMILY COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY E.C. TONER
TO HER FRIEND AMY MELENDA GALUSHA1
[Lowell]2 March 9 1862
this letter as a mission of interested benevolence knowing that your
curiosity would be very much exerted if you should chance to hear that
Artemis Ward had delivered a Lecter to the greedy soles of Lowell:
Well, Amy I paid ...
of a dollar and passed in to see the Elephant: and hear him speak.
I have not yet fully
convinced myself whither I am out a quarter, and not got my moneys
worth or not . be it
as it will I dont feel particularly over... with Artemis remarks
this delightful morning.
perhaps the effulgent rays of the March sun somewhat oblitirated the
brightness of the
son borned of woman. But it dont make an artom difference,
I do not deem my promise negated to give you the Lecter in full for it
greatest mass of nothingness that I ever knew myself to sit and listen
to patiently for a
whole hour in my life. he didnt stick to one point while a body
was getting ready to hear
it. but after all Artemis is no fool.
but I should say he was rather a conceited fop with
light brown hair and a large Moustache coulerd small in size
about as large as any small
man: His subject was the Children in the Wood he said he had
thought some time what
subject would interest the public most, and he thought as the Children
in the Wood were
pore Children people might like to hear about them. but Artemis
I found was fond of ....
this for instance, uncle Ben climed up a tree and uncle John climed
after him: I call such
outbursts of eloquence his variations. he did deal jointly with
Floyd the Traitor. he said
the first thing he ever was known to steal was his granmothers knitting
needles and sold
them for old steel. but his pilfering propensities didnt
stop there. so he takes him to
Washington and has him steel every thing there that he could get his
hands on and said he
would have taken Buchanans character if he had had one to lose.
Mr South had no Pillow
to lie there head upon, nor money nor Pride. now comes the courtship
Baxter and John W. Jones. the scene was another house in the
wood, with a large fire
place with a bright fire Mahitable sits in one corner John in
the other. John hitched them
Mahitable hitched them then they both hitched them they both hitched
again and kept
hitching till they couldnt get any hitches and so the courtship ended
once more ... of his ...
and I condemn him to the ... past. he thinks the hight of earthly
happiness is to wear
white pants and hold an infant while it is eating molases candy.
he looks to me as tho,
that was about as much happiness as he is capable of appreciating.
But for sure he knows
1 Amy Melenda Galusha b: 16 Apr
1825, Berkshire, VT d: 9 Oct 1869, Berkshire, VT.
2 Lowell, Massachuisetts.
one thing and that is how to get money. So joy and peace be with
him I cant. Farwell not
my only appreciated Artemis, only you grow and thrive in ...,
and not wast poor persons
time laughing at ones own jokes.
Now Amy I really hope that you will deem it your privelege to appreciate
as he deserves and not be anfluenced by my rather detrimental remarks
Spring has arrived and winter with its icy fetters is beginning to give
way to its
genial smiles next comes April with its smiles and tears.
That Month with its variations
puts me in mind of the condemed Artemis, then comes balmy May and Rosy
follows quickly in its footsteps with its singing birds and blossoming
springing grass its bubbling Brooks. Oh? this is indeed a beautiful
time. My month of all
the year, next I love October with its warling winds its foot prints
of ..., reminding us that
we too must pass away. I like to wander far away from the scenes
of busy life in the
mellon [melon] tinted Indian summer days and comtemplate upon the past
with its bright
and veried rays presenting the minds eye. Childhood is happy
Girlhood is blissful
Womanhood? must I say it is miserable: all owing to an
ill spent life. I presume. well
never mind? What cant be cured must be endured. “As the
twig is bent, so is the tree
Well? Old Lowell still stands upon the earth. The mighty eruption
of ... the
thundering of cannons nor the booming of shell has not as yet disturbed
its equilibrium. I
dont think any thing would but the rise or fall King Cotton?
presume you have heard that
is reign affects this City of Spindles not a little.
This house: and its inmates are still in existence. one of our number
this shore and is gliding adown the blissful river of Matrimony.
peace and a lot of Babies
to Lizzy Longs and John Lakings ashes. she that was Ann Eliza
Price died with
consumption about three months ago. That tribe that took up there
quarters in the lower
font asscended into the atic. couldnt stand the pressure of four in
a small room and closed
windows. Granny Shaw wont have them up nights prefers her own
[s----k] to the fresh
breeze of heaven, My anxiety is increasing daily: I am afraid
this war raging out west
will exterminate, then farwell to my hopes of ever meeting Ike Lortte
or A... Sonvig. I
suppose they will be scalped or put to an end in some diabolical manner:
Alas: I believe
Amy that you owe me a letter: but nothing daunted at your neglect
I push forward like
the dead Artemis and write you because I feel like it. The story
is now that we will not
have work longer than May. I think I shall advise Hinkley to
send on for a quantity of the
contrubands3 and see
if we cant improve the race by running them through: Lucy and
Carrie still in room with me. and send there love. Mrs
McIntosh has not been very well
for the past two weeks but she is some better I want you to write
me and tell me all about
your grand times, please excuse this combination of all sorts. and
believe me when I say I
have done my best.
3 A reference to slaves captured after
Union victories who were considered to be contraband until the
end of the war clarified
Truly E C Toner