Post, Mary Robbins. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Mary Robbins Post to Isaac Post, March 18, 1852.


March 18, 1852

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[Text written by Joseph Post is on the same sheet of paper and is transcribed as Letter as Letter 919, dated March 18, 1852]

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19th I have been looking over what has been written and am almost
ready to smile at. the desponding feeling which is manifested by
my generally cheerful and hopeful Post if it had been my production
it would not have been any thing strange for I am often clothed with
discouragement and may acknowledge that it was prevailed abundan^tly^
for the past few weeks and I have wished so ardently for some
one of you to council and unburthen [sic] our little difficulties unto
you can understand us and appreciate our motives but who is
there beside that can? I have a hope that the time is near at
hand when we may grasp your hands and give you a welcom [sic] to our
hearts and home and trust all gloom will be banished by your
beloved presence yes I feel that we should no longer feel alone
but be able to chase a thousand and combined could put ten
thousand annoying and vexatious circumstances to flight
       We have had a few pleasant spring days when the peepers and
robin birds made their sweet and musical sounds to gladden
the heart but all are hushed and the secene [sic] has changed to
winter in its most unlovely aspect   But indoors it is cozy and
bright so I will not dwell on the disagreeable longer and
retire for the night and perhaps I shall feel cheerful and can
fill this more to my liking so farewell First day eve the shades
of evening are gathering around me but no brightness is reflected from
the setting sun which is hidden by dark and gloomy clouds which
overspread the entire firmament and have I fear imparted some
what of their gloom to my mind for on taking the pen I feel no insp
iration for it and I dont know if it were not for the reward we
anticipate would lay it aside and rest for I am nearly prostrated
by exertion and a fright we had this afternoon in consequence of
information we had that Mary R house was on fire I ran so
fast as I could until we came in sight of the house and to
our great joy found it was only the chimney since which I am
all unstrung I have had the asthma for a week more than usual
which did not abate by the exertion    Matilda is in New York
has been more unwell for several weeks and the family want
to be trying something and I dont know but she is willing

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to too so they went down on 3rd day last to get advice from
several Dr's and she is now under the care of Dr Grey   have
not heard what opinion they gave of her   but I do not xepect [sic]
she will be benefitted by the treatment for she has tried
all the pathys to some extent and has continued to decline
Jehiel and Phebe are desirious she should go South and they could
persuade Stephen and Matilda if approved by a Dr but their
friends generally would disapprove it as utterly vain
    Samuel Hicks remains somewhat of an invalid but is out
on pleasant days Elisabeth Mott has been quite poorly with kidney
complaint is better  I have not seen her in a long while
    We are feeling quite tried about our school affairs
in a letter from Cynthia sometime ago she xpressed [sic] her willingn^ess^
to teach for the summer and suppose she is at liberty to come
from any private hindrance   but what she will do now I know
not we have invited her to come and teach our girls or come and
spend the Summer which ever she prefers but whether she will do
either I am indignant at the mean pittiful [sic] objections made aga^inst^
her and what think you it can be? Why it is because she puts on
occasionally the Bloomer dress that all this mighty effort has been
made electioneering and speaking disparigingly [sic] of her I feel like taking
my departure sometimes from such a proscriptive place then too
she is too liberal in her sentiments of reform and if not Orthodox
alltogether [sic] she shall not come and at any rate if she did come
"she should not wear a Bloomer in the school" I told Joseph I
was thankful we had a little power left we can invite such as
we choose to visit us let them dress or beleive [sic] as they may but
if they go on at this rate we may not long have this privilege
We were very much pleased with your description of meeting s &c
and also in relation to Antislavery Frederick and indeed all
was a rich treat we percieve [sic] your friends the Fosters are
in your section have as yet seen no appointments for
your city  Your said nothing about William & Marys
visiting us we are hoping form what we hear to quit
then but it is so dark I cannot see one line from another
so must leave Do write soon very soon to your brother
and sister tho I feel as though this was too poor to
merit a reply but do it for your love sake    Mary

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