Post, Mary Robbins. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Mary Robbins Post to Isaac Post, October 26, 1854.


October 26, 1854

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I have scribbled on until my sheet is full and my eyes admonish me
to say good night with love to all embraced in your household I am
                                                                                          your Mary

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                                                 Westbury 10 moth 26th
      Dearly beloved
                              It is truly a long long time since
I have written to you and perhaps as long since you
have remembered us by letter but there have been very
many reasons which seem to me to be quite good excuses
but I will not take any time to prove to you that they
are sufficient but scribble on as fast as I can as I have
only a few minutes before I must leave to attend to dinner
after which I wish to spend the afternoon in making some
calls as the day is so surpassingly lovely I must improve it
   Joseph and girls have gone to Flushing to Quarterly Meeting
and to make a visit at White Stone Joseph and self were there
some weeks ago found Edward quite feeble but a little better than
for some time before but laid on the sofa nearly half the time
so you may conclude he is not very well Aunt Rosetta quite lame
but with all these they have been as full of boarder’s and work as
ever and seems as anxious to accumulate as heretofore Mary is
also very poorly as you may have heard with a cancer or tumor I
do not know which in her breast and is suffering much from
pain and weakness in her back the cause of which the Dr’s do
not know   It seemes [sic] to observers as though these various ailmen^ts^
were enough to damp the ardor of accumulation but I suppose
hope incites to exertion and it may be as formerly that where the
treasure is the heart will be also               Many and varied changes
have transpired since I wrote some have gone home released
from life’s conflicts and care’s among the number is my dear and
honored aunt your beloved and venerated mother and althoug [sic]

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all especially dear uncle must feel bereaved by her removal I
trust all feel comforted in the assurance that the soul goeth not
home to an empty mansion and that she was prepared by a long
life on earth to receive the welcome from the home of the blest Enter
in weary soul enter into thy rest            Mother feels deeply in her wea^k^
state the separation it was so unlooked for to her to be the survivor
she has improved in strength considerable since the first attack
but is still very feeble they are in constant want of a good
caretaker who it appears are very difficult to be found combining
the desirable qualifications necessary to make us all satisfied
They have made a part of Matthew’s family mostly since mother’s in a
oposition [sic] they now propose Harriotts should try to keep house for them
(she has done for mother) to commence next week I have but little
expectation of us being as agreeable but they can try it a little
while I am to go to assist them to arrange for the winter see to
clothes &c indeed I have scarcely ever been so much occupied bettween [sic]
the two home’s I feel as if I was rusting intellectually and wearing
physically but I think a better time is coming in the future
                      We have heard by William Titus I Rushmore & Lydia
Post a little of you and ^of^ your still having company as usual
but I must go for the present to attend to eccetras [sic] of life but S R we
have seen only a little while I wish he would come often we
used to xcuse [sic] him because Matilda could not go out much
I feel to congratulate you in having her a member of your
family circle we should feel ourselves sick if we were thus
favored hope health may be found in your vicinity as it can
not be on our bleak Island     tho I feel lonely to think of
their removal from our midst we are so few perhaps
this evening I may add a word now

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         Evening I have returned from my wandering and am now alone
    xcept [sic] our girl and I feel somewhat lonely I may confess but how
 different should I feel were it a sepparation [sic] of the dear one’s now
 absent I saw Hannah Underhill widow of Jordan this afternoon at Mary
P Titus and felt much sympathy for her in her great bereavement she
is so far from friends and only her little children and girl for comp
- any there is much of sorrow in this beautiful world diming [sic] the
the [sic] pleasant pictures of life as I came home the sun was just sinking
below the horison [sic] but the reflection of his brightness was mirrored
in the clouds in resplendent beauty and thoughts in unison with
those of T Moore on a similar occasion “of how little he had done in
the world and how much he felt capable of doing &c but surely there
is some better sphere for those who have but begun their race in this”
where we may be permitted to work out our incomplete endeavours
I found Phebe Johnson with M P Titus E gone to Flushing the girls in N Y
Phebe was in fine spirits extoled [sic] the virtues of her remedy and contra
- sted her cure with others who had been treated by the first rate Dr’s who
almost invariably gave calomel and consequently were thrown into
some other form of desease [sic] I was really glad for Mary Ps benefit that
Phebe dwelt on the pernicious effects of calomel but fear Ms confidence
in Dr prescriptions will remain tho he might order calomel every night
for a week     Abraham Hicks is very low I have not seen him lately only
those who wait on him and a few dear friends go in to see him now
he has appeared pleasantly cheerful and as is usual sorrow and
suffering rub off the asperity of feeling sometimes felt in health
towards the heretical Rachel will be very lonely I sympathise deeply
with her in this Abraham has been all she could desire as a son
Penna A S society now in session at Westchester are I doubt not having a
good time I very much wished to be with them again and also to be at

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Woman’s rights meeting the accounts from it indicate much of
interest and Lucy seems to be the favorite of all parties I began
to feel a little jealous that Lucretia was not named among the
first speakers but I am satisfied now in the beleif [sic] that she is one
of the greatest whether spoken of or not I fancy I see the smile when
she read Lucretia Mott in her not ^was motherly^ clear headed &c in her remarks
          How cheering to W W Brown to receive such a welcome and so
many encomiums from the faithful for his course while abroad
I hope it may not be an injury to him I will remember the rece
-ption meeting in Phila to Frederick and the beautiful and touching
introduction by R Purvis accompanied with all the grateful eulogism^s^
of other speaker’s for his labors while abroad and now how sad the
present position he occupies in relation to the American Society
and its most prominent members       The French are doing wonders
as you have probably seen in working for the Fair and with so little
information it really is astonishing    Do you take the practical
Christian I forget?  There is quite a controversy going on in it between
A Kent and Adin Ballou on Free Love It is too bad that spiritualists
should advocate such a revolting theory I have seen in some
other notices intimations of its gradual approach and could
hardly beleive [sic] I was not mistaken in the sentiments or meaning of the [sic]
so unwilling was I to beleive [sic] so hateful a doctrine
     I do not hear of A J Davis having been in N Y lecturing the past
season or anything about him         What a sad accident from carelessne [sic]
too that of the Arctic so many live’s sacrificed there have been many
sermons on the event ^several^ published in the Tribune among the number
two preachers in Orchard St and by Richard Mott good one from L Vining
from Fall River very poor placing all on God he might have prevented
it but in his inscrutable wisdom he so ordered it teaching man
to rely on him for when the judgments of the Lord are in the earth the
nations learn righteousness such doctrine I cannot endorse or approve
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