Jackson, Phebe C. and Martha R. Jackson
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Courtesy: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Transcribed: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History
                                         Lowell Oct. 24 1847
                                                     Dear Sister1 I
received your letter yesterday and was over-joyed to hear
from you and to hear that you was well and all
the rest of the folks for I have thought a grate deel
about Father2 and Mother3 being all a lone. thought if
they should be sick no one to take care of them in
their old age. but I now rest contented if you will
stay to home for their is no place like home and
I think you will be as well off in the Spring as I shall
be and enjoy your-self as well considering all things for it
is not quite as plesant as a great meny think to be a mo-
ny strangers a way from home but I get along very well
better than expected to but let you go whare you will
you will find troble but I have lernt better than to let
small things troble me since left home, it has been
the greatest lesson I have ever learned in all my life when
I came hear I went to Mrs. Mores4 with Martha5 to bo-
ard on the Hamilton Co.6 and went into the mill to work
I staid their two weeks as I told you in my letter before
I then went into the Shop to work and expected to
have to get a boarding place I asked Mrs. M if I
could board their and work in the Shop she told me
I could a while till some of her boarders got back that was
gone home I inquired of the Girls in the Shop if they knew
whair I could get a place and one of the girls told me

  1Sarah C. Jackson b: 1815, ME; married 1853 Winslow Arey b: 1813
  2David Jackson b: 1788, Hampden/Newburgh, ME
  3Sarah “Sally” Cobb b: 1791
  4Mrs. Mary G. Moore b: 1795, NH; boardinghouse keeper, Hamilton Mills #15
  5Martha R. Jackson b: May 1828, ME; married Oct 1848 
     William S. Pattee b: 8 Aug 1822, ME
  6Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Jackson Street

she thought I could board with her so I went and got a place
for us boath I then told Mrs. Mores I had got a place for
Martha and I to board as she told me I could stay but
a short time she then told me I could stay their and
she would not go to that place for changeing to places Girls
got a bad name so I rested conted and thought I should sta-
y their and gave up my place to Olive J,7 and Nancy
Jackins, as soon as she found that place was taken up she
told me to look a round for she could not board Street
boarders I knew of no place and could hear of no place but
I told her my money was good as any ones else
and I thought there was places a nuff and I could find
one if I couldn’t I could go home so I started that day
in persuit of a place and found one on Market
St to Mrs. Wymans8 they have from nineteen to
twenty gentlemen and two girls besides us we have
been here one week last Friday like so far first rate
You wanted me to write what you should do with my
Geese eggs how your should hatch them the best way I can
prescribe is to hatch them by steem for that is the qui-
ckest way now-days of doing business, you just say
to Mr Whitneys9 folks when I find out when I am g-
oing to be married I will let them know all a bout it
the overseer haven’t concluded to take me this
fall so I cant tell them any thing more about it you
say John10 has been a good brother to you since I left I am
very glad to hear it and hope he will continue to be while
we are here for you seem to be all most alone

   7Olive Jackson b: 1810
    8Oliver and Joan Wyman, boardinghouse, Market Street
    9John and Betsey Fairbanks Whitney and Family, next door neighbors
  10John Jackson

Olive is in the Shop with me I want to see you very much
tell Mother to be carefull and not get sick I was glad to
hear that Father had got a long so well with his work and
that he was well and they were going on their jurney this
winter you stay to home and be a good girl and I will bring
you a sugar plum when I come home give my love to all the
folks tell Susan W11 not to whip the little ones this winter
and George12 that I shall come home to make his coat
next sumar as he wanted me to tell Nancy13 to write and all
the rest of the folks just as I expects to hear from the folks
to Bangor give my love to them all and when I write to
the Weston14 again he will answer it tell the girls to Bangor
I want to see them very much and want them to
write and particularly Elviry Gould for she told me she
would write, say to her I will meet her half way and have
a fite, you try and behave your self if Farther and Mother
goes away this winter on their jurney if John comes out to
see[----] you if I hant their to take care of you   O Sarah
the Lowell Fellows are around I tell you. I think their
is a great chance for a speculation hear. Martha is a round
with her hair curled and poor toehead has to stand back but I shant
bear it long I tell you I must finish by saying do write as, soon
as you receive this from P C Jackson15 your sis

Cyrene has wrote such a mess of stuff that I have
a good mind to burn it but as it is all falce
I will let it pass and she is the one that is
around for the fellows are trying to shine
all they can and great big I has to stand back
with the objection you are to large for me so
you can judge my feelings I have no more to
write So good by from
                                            Martha R Jackson16

[on cover]
Miss. Sarah Jackson17

  11Susan Elizabeth Whitney b: 1820, next door neighbor, married 
        Benjamin Croxford, 1848
  12George Washington Whitney b: 1822, next door neighbor
  13Nancy Angeline Whitney, b: 1825, next door neighbor
  14John Weston living with Martha R. Jackson Pattee and Family, 1850.
  15Phebe Cyrene Jackson b: 1824, ME; married Oct 1864 John G. 
       Molesworth b: 1822
  16Martha R. Jackson b: May 1828, ME; married Oct 1848 William S. 
       Pattee b: 8 Aug 1822, ME
  17Sarah C. Jackson b: 1815, ME; married 1853 Winslow Arey b: 1813


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