VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
LETTER WRITTEN BY
MARY STILES PAUL1
Lowell2 Nov 20th 1845
opportunity now presents itself which I improve in writing to you. I started
this place at the time I talked of which was Thursday. I left Whitneys
at nine o'clock
stopped at Windsor at 12 and staid till 3 and started again. Did not
stop again for any
length of time till we arrived at Lowell. Went to a boarding house
and staid until Monday
night. On Saturday after I got here Luthera Griffith went round with
me to find a place
but we were unsuccessful. On Monday we started again and were more
found a place in a spinning room and the next morning I went to work.
I like very well
have 50 cts first payment increasing every payment as I get along in
work have a first rate
overseer and a very good boarding place. I work on the Lawrence Corporation.
Mill is No
2 spinning room. l was very sorry that you did not come to see me start.
I wanted to see
you and Henry but I suppose that you were otherways engaged. I hoped
to see Julius but
did not much expect to for I sposed he was engaged in other matters.
He got six dollars
for me which I was very glad of. It cost me $3.25 to come. Stage fare
was $3.00 and
lodging at Windsor, 25 cts. Had to pay only 25 cts for board for 9
days after I got here
before I went into the mill. Had 2.5O left with which I got a bonnet
and some other small
articles. Tell Harriet Burbank to send me paper. Tell her I shall send
her one as soon as
possible. You must write as soon as you receive this. Tell Henry I
should like to hear
from him. If you hear anything from William write for I want to know
what he is doing. I
shall write to Uncle Millers folks the first opportunity. Aunt Nancy
presented me with a
new alpacca dress before I came away from there which I was very glad
of. I think of
staying here a year certain, if not more. I wish that you and Henry
would come down
here. I think that you might do well. I guess that Henry could get
into the mill and I think
that Julius might get in too. Tell all friends that I should like to
hear from them.
1Mary Stiles Paul b: 26 Jan 1830,
Hanover, NH d: 12 Dec 1899,
Cambridge, MA; parents:
Bela Paul b: Taunton, MA and Mary
Briggs b: Keene, NH;
married in Lowell 1857: Isaac Guild b:
19 Jun 1831, NH; Isaac
Guild 1860: marble works, Lynn, MA;
children: Irving Tracy
Guild and Sidney Paul Guild.
Twenty-five of her
letters, covering the years 1845-1862 have
survived. She began
working as a domestic in Bridgewater, Vermont.
1845-1848 worked in
Lowell textile mills. 1848 joined her father in
Claremont, New Hampshire.
1850 returned to Vermont for a short spell.
Then she joined Lowell
companions at an agricultural utopian community
in Redbank, New Jersey
for a year. Following her brief tenure at the
collective, she once
again returned to New Hampshire.
excuse bad writing and mistakes
This from your own daughter
P.S. Be sure and direct to No. 15 Lawrence Corporation.