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May 17th

I tied up my box and trotted down to the Express Office and they informed me that it must be enclosed in tin or they would not send it from Boston. I then enquired if the 17th would be in time and finding it ample I trotted back and went at the girls for an addition to it while the tinman was attending to the job - William requested the end of the box to be left open that we could add a letter if we wished and here we have it in Mother's back room trying with all our might to ship the box out - but cant do it - and so goes the end of the pasteboard box and we have jammed in a cologne bottle from Aunty to Nelly - Seth's letter in which he says he has no part in your getting this before Octoberand the flower Queen enacted last winter at the Atheneum for the benefit of the BandOne thing I think you will be quite sure of and that is Amelia Colburn's intended marriage & message from William - I fogot last night before closing my letter - "He says tell them to hurry home because you cannot get along

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without Malvina" - I do it appears because I have to - The girls say I find a great deal to write - what do you think? Here comes Seth it is delightful to have him at home, but strange after so many years absence. He has just crossed his legs. May says he has been where they smoke chunks - he now proceeds to tell an anecdote - I continue to write - Harriet reads a newspaper - Helen is making her brilliant in to a morning dress - Mother is sewing on Helen's bridals. May is in the corner knitting - seems rather tired - being Monday perhaps has been washing. Seth proceeds to canvass the matter of this box going by Express - I tell him my orders were to send Nelly's boots by Express and my part is to act according to orders - The conversation now turns upon the man who is to tie the Belcher knot he having no settled minister to depend upon - some one proposes Wm. [WILLIAM] C. Folger - some body is glad Seth and Helen are not to be married together as it is a bad sign. Helen wishes me to inform you that she has a pair of new

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glass salt cellars. I have heard that Mother was going to give her a half dozen of large spoons - what shall I give her - Harriet makes her a toilet set - May will give her six silver knives. No! She says it is no such thing - a dozen teaspoons. - May says that Charlotte Kelley is going to give her a spoon holder. E says that I can say something funny, but they have kept their clapping going ever since I took the box. Tingle tingle goes the bell. Mrs. Abe Moore reporter for the Mirror, announced, Helen takes her into the other shop. Mother had callers the other day guess --that's right Peter H's wife and Delia their daughter. They had been through fire & brimstone previous to calling here and so I abandoned my project of building up a "north meeting" fire in our Olmste'd therby Morther caught cold, since which she has partially recovered. "Law says er, They are telling huge [???] stories now. Over [???] which can tell the biggest, needs you here to talk [???] to him.[??] I notice E is not as economical in paper as I, for she turns over before she gets to bottom.

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Joseph Marshall Bark Aurora South America Parta

Ask husband Joseph if he remembers the story Letitia that amused me so much in relation to the disposition of the D-B-

Kiss all the br[??] le [??] Sent from Seth to Nelly 1858

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Nantucket August 17th 1858,

My dear dear sister As I felt that I must write you today we will suppose that you will be just in time to receive it as the latest news [??]. You and Joseph with darling are with me in all my waking moments. You are in all my puddings, cake and preserves that I make. I sweep and dust with you fold you with my top sheet as I turn it over, sew you into my work and every page I read I think how Malvinia would oppose and admire with me - and yet through all this I express but little and strive with duty to others and as my head presses the pillow at night reflect how far short I come, but constantly pray for strength. My commings are entirely with my self for if I utter a word to William of my short comings and selfishness that I am often quite conserned of, he will not listen but insists that I am not half selfish enough but am always giving up to others. A husband being a partial judge of his wife I think does not tend to her improvement for of I should realize that I was half equal to what William tells me. I am sure I should become so full of conceit that no improvement could be made. One bye one the family snce the seventeenth June- the morning of Helen's marriage- have gone until we number but six-seven with Lidia who will not long remain - I believe the last of Nov [November] is the time fixed for the indissolvabe knot. Joseph has commenced the stampede - next followed Helen + in a few weeks Seth took up his abode in Boston- and lastly after avisit with us of eight weeks Rebecca and Malvina Mitchell traveled homeward. It was better for Mother that Helen and

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