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1832.06.20 Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, Jun 20, 1832

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1832.06.20 Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, Jun 20, 1832


In this letter, Mary writes to her parents from school. She is very anxious and hurried in sending the letter. There is no clear danger to Mary’s health, but she is not well. Mary references asking someone to come for her in the previous letter, and she hopes that her parents complete this task without hesitation. At the end of this distressing letter, Mary includes a P.S. telling her parents not to be frightened, as she only wishes to tell them of her true feelings.


Mary Huntington


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


Jun 20, 1832


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June 20 th , 1832.

Dear Parents,
I write this morning in great haste to let you know that it is my wish to go home as soon as it may be convenient to send for me. Not that I think there is any immediate danger, but my health is not very firm, and if from the account given in my last letter no one has set out to come after me (which I am in hopes they have done) I wish upon the arrival of this you would do it without fail. I know we cannot get away from death, but I think all necessary precautions should be taken. Come as soon as possible. I hope I have your prayers my dear parents, for I am sure I need them. From your affectionate daughter
M. D. Huntington

P.S. Do not be frightened on receiving this letter, as I only wish to let you know the true state of my feelings about going home.