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1835.05.09 - Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, May 9, 1835

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1835.05.09 - Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, May 9, 1835


Mary Huntington writes to her mother, Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, about her decision to travel to Albany. She makes this decision after considering other people’s travel plans of and deliberating. She preferred to be accompanied by some of her family members, but had no choice but to travel alone.


Mary Huntington


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


May 9, 1835


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May 9 th 1835
Mary Huntington to Elizabeth W. P. Huntington, May 9, 1835

Dear Mother,
As you and Theodore wrote and on the same subject. I supposed I could please you in no way better than by addressing you in the same manner.
I have nearly decided, if we are all prospered to set out for home in two ^or three weeks, Mrs Pitkin will [go] east soon, and perhaps as far as Amherst. If not [indecipherable]. Mrs. Swift also goes soon. If Mrs Pitkin is to go to Amherst, there will be no need, I should [indecipherable] meeting us at Albany. If she cannot go as soon as I wish, and I take Mrs Swift company, I will endeavour to write and let you know at what time I shall be in Albany. I have made up my mind after a good deal of deliberation, and do not feel at all about(?) leaving sister as I should if Caroline were not coming so soon, to be company for her. I cannot help wishing some of the family were here to accompany me. But as this is impossible, I must submit. I will try to let you know my plans as soon as the arrangements are made. With the earnest love I remain your obedient and affectionate daughter Mary

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Mr & Mrs Fisher have given their consent to have Frederick return with me but I think doubtful
whether he will consent. Only talking of it this noon brought tears into his eyes.

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I felt quite fatigued I can hardly realize that I am released from school. This undertaking was not left “inchoate” was it? There is a deal of comfort in this to me.
You speak of the weather as having been very unpleasant. It has been so here although the snow did not fall to the depth you mention. The Spring is uncommonly backward, but we are hoping for more favorable weather
I suppose you will not have much leisure this summer if you have 80,000 silkworms to take care of. Elizabeth planted the mulberry seeds you gave her but they have not come up. She intends raising a few worms this summer. I suspect she will have the honor of first introducing silkworms into this village.
Mrs Fisher was in Rochester last week and saw there a Unitarian minister from Boston by the name of Holland. He invited him to preach here next Sabbath. He accepted and this week notice of the meeting was given in the village paper.
I am very thankful that you have been inclined to write me so often and hope you will continue to do so until I see you, which will, I hope be in a short time. Till then allow me to subscribe myself your most affectionate sister Mary

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