Willis, Mary R. Kirby. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.


Handwritten letter from Mary R. Kirby Post to Amy Kirby Post, October 14, 1838.


October 14, 1838

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young and elder friends attending Camp meetings, from report
I consider them unprofitable opportunities to the young
mind, and I believe it is not best for us to give way to all our
inclinations, Edmund and Mary are in the practice of it and
James Posts children and others, do also. Our children have attend
-ed a funeral at Cole Spring to day the youngest daughter of
John H Jones, went into the church heard a long discourse
some singing, the Sacrament and bread and wine given, very
tedious, arose from their seats ten times, they thought it good
for them to go among other people some times, to see the differ
ence between them and friends.
          I feel quite pleased to hear from cousin Adam and
Anna Mott and particularly so to hear from Sarah and
Abby. [when I was just given] on Seeing Sarah name
it lef me to look back upon former [d] and young [illegible]d
that were spent [went] ^with^ Sarah and Abby too and how [obliterated]
much I loved and thought of Sarah. being near my [obliterated]
age, do present my love to her affectionately when thee
sees her.                14th of 10th Mo
          A long time has elapsed since the above was written
and I have just look’d [sic] it over and see that it is worth very
little, Alass [sic]! every thing wears and has a difference appear
ance, my feelings I cannot describe thou hast heard
ere this our dear little Lucretia is no more. [with a]
A pang indeed. she was sick 5 days and a half we had [a?]
hope of removing the disease untill [sic] about the last 12
hours of her life when I began to feel apprehensive that
the disease had taken too deeply to be removed and thus
it proved on the 17th of 9th Mo about 2 O Clock in after
noon she ceased breathing in her fathers arms, aged 1 year ^(and 7 months)^
She was a darling indeed to us all. being [a] very affection
ate ^in her^ disposition, easily govern’d [sic], ready understanding, and
began to speak nicely, and just getting to sit commendable
at the table having had pains taken with her, her grandmo
ther thought or said we lovd [sic] her too well, but I have
a different view, I think she was not [eve] loved better than
she merrited [sic]. I was sick myself at same time, was affected
a couple of days before I perceived her to be affected, and being
very much worn together with loss of sleep for two weeks

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previous, Rachel having been sick with the same that
is the dysentery that we feared at one time or for some
days that we should loose [sic] her, She is bravely or well
perhaps, has been with Mary F some time her aunt
Sarah Kirby seems to want her company so much now
that Edward has gone after her I must just tell thee
that Mary’s little baby is very sick also a week ago to day
I thought I would last but little while. it lives yet and may
recover but looks but little like it          thy sister Mary

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I feel as if thee has heard all about us, perhaps not John too
has been sick nearly a month went to meeting to day
for the first has lost a good deal of flesh, has not wholly
recovered yet. Edward remains [illegible] well yet. Mother Willis
has been poorly considerabl [sic] this summer, is thinner in
flesh than usual was very kind to us in our very trying
and straightening time, went with Mary F and help’d [sic]
to commence housekeeping spent a week, is now preparing
to leave home sometime and stay with Amy as she will
probably be confined a while this month. so that mother
continues to be useful even in old age. she keeps house
we often send for her to come and take a meal John
seems to often think of mothers lonely situation and that
she had better sit with us. It appears to be her choice to
remain as she is. last week she spent at Jericho or several
days of it. John is under the necessity of having a little
repairing done since he has become owner of a dwelling
house although we have ^felt^ little like any thing of the kind

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Amy Post
Mention of E P. Willis

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Kirby, Mary R.
Post, Amy Kirby, b. 1802
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Kirby, Mary R., “Willis, Mary R. Kirby. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.,” Post Family Papers Project, accessed December 10, 2018, https://rbsc.library.rochester.edu/items/show/6608.