Letter from Rachel B. Stevens, dated 1862-05-25

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seems to take it very patiently, whether from "fortitude or indifference", I am unable to state -

Isaac Putnam is gaining finely, & is impatient to go back - hopes to do so, in a week or two - his tongue does not look black now, as it did when he came home - but it still wears a thick coat of white -

I have been intending to go to New York this spring - but as usual many hindrances seem to come up - uncle Timothy is so feeble & it seems difficult to find any one to take my place here have got my things all ready & if I go must start on 3rd day next - it seems so uncertain that I cannot tell thee where to direct to me - so suppose I shall have to wait till I hear by the way of home - have had no letters from T. or Ann since I wrote - Fanny Nutt is now at home - I asked [Huldah?] Collins today what she was going to do - she said she did not know - said her mother was feeling real bad - The Dr. is coming down next week - I suppose, to learn his fate - Farewell my dear boy - do be very careful - & write often

Thy loving mother -

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1862

East Montpelier 25th of 5th mo.

My dear dear boy

Last evening we got thy letter of the 20th inst. from Washington & I have not words to tell thee how my heart overflows with gratitude for thy more comfortable situation, & thy returning health - the same mail also brought me a letter from Henry - it was very very kind in him to write me such a good letter & I do indeed thank him most sincerely - & if I knew how to write any thing worth his reading I would do so - but as it is I will request thee to do it for me. I can think of nothing that will particularly interest him - unless it be, that Professor Clark is a vey happy father - I heard one of his sisters say he was perfectly delighted -

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Poor uncle Timothy is in a very bad way - he has been feeble all the spring but latterly he seems deranged & needs very close attention, seems to think his claims for mercy are very small owing to having lived his whole life unprofitably & selfishly - he has been a liar & blasphemer he says - he seems some as aunt Ruth used to -

Williams Davis has returned after a very prosperous voyage - Sarah Davis is married - Today we have attended the funeral of uncle John Gallison - he is about the last of those who early settled in this place - had lived with his wife - (so said the minister, Warren) over sixty years - Mary Persons is quite unwell - they fear she is tending towards consumption - I wrote to thee last first day - & we have, I think some of us, written to thee once a week all along - I think I mentioned that Aaron Bancroft has a widowed daugh-

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ter with him whose husband fell at Ball's Bluff - she has two sons 9 & 11 years old - she is now lying very low - & it is not expected she will long survive -

We did not make over 500 pounds of sugar & most of that not nice - there has been but little made in this region - good maple sugar is worth 12 1/2 cts per pound -

Mary is feeling really smart & looks bright & well - James is going there to work this week - we have finished planting & went yesterday & helped J. C. T. finish his - Maria is gaining, though still very feeble - Have I told thee that George Tinckham is keeping store at Marshfield - he has purchased the building which is also convenient for a tenement & it is expected he is to be married to a [Wheelock?] girl of Calais -

Caroline Gray has discarded Marcus & is keeping company with a young man from Williamstown - Marcus

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