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1832.06.18 Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, Jun 18, 1832

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1832.06.18 Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, Jun 18, 1832


This is a letter written by Mary Huntington to her mother Elizabeth W.P. Huntington where Mary writes about her current state of living. Mary addresses the reports of cholera that have been happening around her. She writes that there have been so many reports that it has made her feel uneasy and unable to attend church but tells her mother not to worry. Mary mentions a report that she got from church about an insurrection of Irish immigrants in the northern part of the city, and the soldiers who attended church that day will go up and suppress it. Mary writes again about the cholera problem, stating that while Irish immigrants have died from it, "only one of the inhabitants of the states has fallen a victim to it." Mary is thankful for the grace of God being there during her times of comfort and hardship.Mary writes that she has given a full update on what's happening in her life. She finishes her letter by stating that Elizabeth can send to her as she sees appropriate and that she wants to be sent home privately and not by stage, but will leave whenever Elizabeth thinks proper.


Mary Huntington


Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers (Box 20, Folder 13)
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections


Jun 18, 1832


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June, 18th, 1832
Dear Mother,
Since my recollection, I never passed through such a scene as I have ['since' crossed out] within the last two days. So many different reports about the cholera has almost made me sick last night. I had considerable fever. I waked up ['from at' crossed out] and heard the clock strike one then slept again till two, when I waked again and so on till morning. I did not rise till after breakfast yesterday. I stayed at home from church both parts of the day. But this morning I feel so much better that you need ['not' crossed out] give yourself no ['any' crossed out] uneasiness respecting me.
The girls who attended church last evening brought home a strange account. An officer came up into the pulpit and spoke to Mr. Beman in a low voice. This spread consternation throughout the whole assemble. Mr. Beman then told the assembly that [hole] was no cause for alarm, that there was an insurrection [hole] the Irish in the north part of the city, and requested all the soldiers in the meeting house to go and assist in quelling it.
You may possibly heard of frightful stories about this disease, but I hope you will not believe them. It is true that the Irish immigrants have died with it, about thirty miles above the city, but only one of the inhabitants of the states have fallen a victim to it and that was in Montreal or Quebec.
If I could but feel an entire trust in the goodness of God, that would be the surest preservative. I desire I know to be thankful for the many favours I enjoy, and to see a Father's hand in my trials as well as my comforts. I have given you as correct a statement as possible respecting the state of things which exists here. You can do just as you think fit about sending for me. If Mrs. W she she returns should break up her school, I should like much better to travel home by private conveyance than in the stage, as it makes one so sick to ride in the stage. I hope you would not be alarmed, as Mrs. Hudson thinks there is no cause for it, and as you know the state of things I say again do just as you think proper.