Post, Mary Robbins. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Mary Robbins Post to Isaac Post, June 18, 1850.


June 18, 1850

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Cynthia and the girls desire their love to you all they are quite
interested in the [short?] dresses and will make a trial of them I think soon
The last we heard from Matilda rather improving expects to go out in the country some

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                                                                       Westbury 6 moth 18th /50
           Dear Brother & Sister
                                           I need not assure you that both your letters
were welcom [sic] indeed for I believe you are sensible of the fact but
I was supprised [sic] to find you ignorant of Edmunds scituation [sic] I have
not heard from him in several days but he was very very ill and
no prospect of recovery.  I trust some one that is acquainted more
particularly with his scituation [sic] has ere this written you particulars
                       I have had quite an ill turn was in a nice train of
recovery but though great imprudence brought on a second
attack but thanks to cold water I am able to sit up this morning
and hope soon to be well again to enjoy the beautiful creation that
surrounds us  “June with its roses” and the violets, pinks, and the profusion
of other flowers which usher in this beautiful  month & from almost every home
on the open plains on the hillside and from the tangled thicket they are
blooming in great variety and abundant profusion  The birds too are car
-olling [sic] their sweetest notes and from my chamber window I hear the
music worship of Nature.   the golden sunshine the many flowers the
green leaves and the soft air are all mingled in full harmony  I wish
you were here to enjoy all these beautiful offerings before the scythe
has laid down the deep waving grass or the bright green hues of the
bending grain have changed to golden     I doubt not you have
with us often thought of George Thompson this week their farewell
soiree, his embarkation the beautiful weather giving promise of a pleasant
sail all combine to bring hi8m most agreeably before the mind  It is monthly
meeting and our folks have gone more from habit perhaps than from any great
interest felt    Margaret Ketcham was I suppose married yesterday left imediate
ly [sic] on a trip to Niagara and a visit to Phebe           I must ask your pardon for
writing that long story of George Doughty it never occurred to me that he had been
to Syracuse or I should never have mentioned it I regret it as I had abundant
matter at that time to fill a sheet    Last first day Rowland Johnson attended
Bethpage meeting our family of course were on hand the house below filled with
an attentive audience he spoke like a reformer on many subjects  at 3 had
a temperance meeting at Jerusalem but not in the meeting house the M M took
that right from them sometime ago and Whithead keeps strict guard that
no impingement  of the order takes place “sectarianism is indeed hatefull” [sic]

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Rowland Adon and another person spoke it was a kind of free meeting in
which other evils were spoken to.  in the evening they had another meeting 7 or so
miles from Jerusalem and word had been given out that Rowland would be
at that also this was more than he expected but so it was and ^he^ felt quite a
choice in going to Westbury that might we attended that also they collected very
late so that we were obliged to keep unseasonable hours  Adon is getting to be quite
a speaker on temperance and John Plummer is awaking form his nap and I hope
now that he is away from the influence exerted over him while at Jericho will come
out again liberally for the right-- 19 evening we rode to Jericho yesterday afternoon and
heard from Edmund the day before John Willis came up M W and E Mott are both there
suppose they would not be supprised [sic] at any time if a change should take place  I
hear he feels so ready to make the exchange    but to the dear one’s [sic] he must leave behind
it will I doubt not ^be^ a most [unwelcome?] friend  It is so natural to cling so fondly to
dear one’s [sic] that are with us that it seems like destroying all things that are
worth enjoying when they are removed from our sight and we are all ready to
pray at such seasons that this affliction may pass from us -- I have in this
instance desired that he might be spared to his aged parents to be a staff
to them in their declining years  I need not enlarge on this and I hear
they have written you particulars    Elisabeth Caggshall is very ill Mary R
has been there more than a week taking care of her    Lydia Post expects
to go to New Bedford before long to keep house for her aunt Phebe while
she goes on a religious visit     Maria Willets has gone to R I with Debora^h^
Hinsdale and as far as I can find out they are all running to and fro
for the avowed and I don’t know ^but^ only purpose “their own peace of mind”
[Pricilla?] has no idea of coming to Western New York  the liberal part of
Westbury liked her very much but the other portion did not like her much
   In our former letter we said nothing of the sorrow we felt that the man
whome [sic] we had all so delighted to honor should after having long and faithfully
stood in the front of the battle ^should^ become disheartened when we can almost hear the shou^t^
of victory  Oh it is too too very sad and I fear he will continue to retrograde but I still
love him and shall watch every movement hoping to see him again in his wonted
place by the side of old organised antislavery - It has taught me a lesson
which I might have learned long ago but it seems I had forgotton [sic] it it is so
willingly I would forget the painful experience of other years but in relation
to Frederick I have looked on him with such pride and confidence as he
has stood up so nobly & that too in opposition to constitutional obligations
and all other obligations of a character similar to it.  ^I cannot see how he can support a union
which is red with the blood of his fellows and be [illegible] by his conscience^    I have thought whether                 
Julia had not been a great cause of this sad change   I will leave this
as I am coughing almost constantly and cannot make a connected
story  The remark about H C Wright we felt to be somewhat in accordance
with our view but only in the private circle-- we felt as tho there was something
that prevented our full enjoyment of Henry but I have not heard a [lisp?] from
any person relative to it I hope there  will not be any cause for further [remark?]
I am as ever your sister Mary love to dear E P Willis Sarah W and Mary Frederic and others

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Post, Mary Robbins
Post, Isaac, 1798-1872
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