Willis, Sarah L. Kirby Hallowell. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.

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Handwritten letter from Sarah L. Kirby Hallowell to Amy Kirby Post, August 4, [1839?].

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1839?-08-04

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                             August 4th first day afternoon
Dear Sister
                             I am sorry I have no more time
                   to write before the mail goes to the west
          but my time has been so taken up since I got
          here I had almost forgotten my promise untill [sic] thy came
which was last six day I wrote to Jeffries this morning
and this afternoon we have the company of P and M
Ketcham Mary Ray and Rachel Willis they have gone in
the garden and left me to write a little while
          I had a verry [sic] comfortable time down only it was verry [sic]
warm the first night I slept in the upper herth [sic]
and awoke almost suffocated I thought. I opened the
window by me and left it the remainder of the night
which made it more comfortable but I was so week [sic]
next day I could hardly sit up but laid on a sette [sic]
in the little cabin perhaps half the time  that night
took a middle berth and slep [sic] verry [sic] well next day
put on my muslin dress and otherwise as thin as possible
and felt much better the passengers verry [sic] agreable [sic] and
good natured particularly those [illegible] that thee noticed
looking genteel except their caps they went to Troy
all the rest left long before I found I should not get to
Troy soon enough to go down the river seventh day night
so I left at Skanectday [sic] about sunrise and waited about
an hour and a half then a porter went with me to the
cars and I got along nicely found my trunk in the
car house waiting for me at Albany had it taken to
an hotel enquired for the Motts went and spent the
day with them pleasantly  Joseph went to the boat
with me where I met with Adanijah Underhill
and Phebe spent the eve on the back part of the boat
with a couple of verry [sic] agreable [sic] girls who left at Pough
-keepsie arrived at NY about day light or rather
I awoke about that time took a carriage to uncle
Samuels where I had breakfast Hannah and I

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went to Edmund Kirbys Willet [S?] harnessed the
horse to take me to the ferry as I wanted to surprise
Jericho at meeting and hear George F White who
was there that day but a thunder shower came up
and prevented  After staying over first day I conclu
ded to stay and make a visit brother E had gone
up to Jericho the day before M said he had waited
several weeks to go up with me and then to
go the same day or a day before I got there was too bad
I staid [sic] untill [sic] third day afternoon how I was
surprised to see Jeffries step in just before dinner
he had been up here and not found me so returned
in search it is verry [sic] pleasant here many ask
if thee is not coming this fall and why thee did
not come with me do excuse me if I have made
mistakes and write short the girls are making
such a hubbub I write and hear all at once and
talk too they are waiting for me to go over to see
Matthews house so adieu I will write mother
to add if she chooses write soon Sarah L Hallow
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evening our company have all gone home and brother
Willet and wife are flying off to New York we have
talked some of going to the beach but I think it is now
given up they the young have been once I believe enjoyd [sic]
it exceedingly Edward and Rachel went she
enjoyd [sic] it and wants to go again but Edward prefers the
company ^and appearance^ of Elizabeth at home The sage Samuel does not
join in their youthful sports P P look unusually fleshy
and well sister Mary too looks much better but cannot
consent to let Rachel return with me we mad [sic] a number
of visits while Jeffries was here but not near all and sorry to
let him go so soon I went to New York with him and returned
the next day I hope I Willets will go to Scipio for I thing [sic]
I cannot go alone tho [sic] I got along coming down better than I expected

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                   first day afternoon

Dear Amy             our Meeting small to day suppose occationd [sic] by
George F White’s being at Martinicck, [sic], he last first day attended
Jeruselem [sic] & Bethpage Sarah was prevented going by indisposion [sic]
W & Matilda did ^and^ by many that did say they were both as great
sermons as they ever heard,        our Q Mg was large we had no
company but our two Children from the west which we have enjoy^d^ [sic]
much, I have not yet seen Cousin Anna Mott, have calld [sic] at W.
but she was gone on a visit to Westbury – but I calculate to call
this evening again to see her & Deborah Underhill they have mad [sic]
a pleasent [sic] visit at John’s Cousin Ana is perty [sic] smart I here [sic]
so is William family – Sister Esther is in her languid sutiation [sic]
as has been common at this season, but does not suffer so much
with pain as formaly [sic], has to be very particular in her diet or suffer
much, Mathews buildings progressing slowly on        thy Mother Post at
at Henrys to stay a few weeks     Our farmers have had very fine
wether [sic] to gether [sic] the grain Oats ^hay^ and all now secured, the face of na-
=ture now looks a little dry – tho [sic] we had a fine shour [sic] last weke [sic]
Many have had a kind of [Colemorbus?] which was [Saral [sic] complaint
now well Arnold Fleet is now sick with it has been several days
I was sorry the [sic] did not mention Joseph knee, as the [sic] mentiond [sic] his working
with the [sic] in the garden I suposd [sic] it not materialy [sic] altered I love to have
the children mentiond [sic] I love them all Elizabeth Mott spent several
days here soon after Sarah & Jefferies arivval [sic] very pleasently [sic] their John
C talks plain (There is a prospect of an addition in 12 month)
the [sic] mentioned our visiting you I persume [sic] it would be as gratifying to
us so to do, but think its not likely [we] ^it^ can enjoyd [sic] this year
I noticed thy remarks of your monthly Mg it occured [sic] to me, that by
faithfullness [sic] of an individual sometimes grate [sic] reformation’s is effectd [sic]
so be encouraged to it,      we have had no change in our Clerks – or overseers
but Mary W in Martha T Ketcham stead as far as I am [k]now we get along
harmoniously, in our meeting, James C Hevelany speaks but Seldom, when
he does it is acceptable I think, William is often up Esther has been quilting
perhaps her residence at Jericho is drawing near to a cloase [sic] I have not heard
lately, in the spring it was said in the fall, I believe Robert and Abigail
& family are geting [sic] along very agreeably, I should suppose far more so than
Joseph Willets & his wife & children, they do not call her mother yet oh pity
Henry Mott has been confind [sic] 3 months to his room with the rehematism [sic] in his neck
mostly, just begins to get out, we went down to see him when he had rode out once
& went out to his meals he loot [sic] pale now he may gain with the warm wether [sic]
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evening        our company have all gone home and brother
Willet and wife are flying off to New York we have
talked some of going to the beach but I think it is now
given up   they the young have been once I believe enjoyd [sic]
it exceedingly Edward and Rachel went she
enjoyd [sic] it and wants to go again but Edward prefers the
company ^and appearance^ of Elizabeth at home The sage Samuel does not
join in their youthful sports P P look [sic] unusually fleshy
and well   sister Mary too looks much better but cannot
consent to let Rachel return with me  we mad [sic] a number
of visits while Jeffries was here but not near all and sorry to
let him go so soon I went to New York with him and returned
the next day I hope I Willets will go to Scipio for I thing [sic]
I cannot go alone tho [sic] I got along coming down better than I expected


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we calculate to be engaged quilting for Sarah this week and
the time seams [sic] to pass so rapidly by, that if Isaac Willets should
go as he told Jefferies in 4 or 5 weeks I think we shall not feel ready
to part with him I told Jefferies I thought Isaac was most to [sic] wavering
a dispotion [sic] to depend much on, that he must endevour [sic] to length his
paycance [sic: patience?]

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Jericho NY                                         18¾
          August 5
                             Amy Post
                                      Rochester
                               Monroe County
                                                New York

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Date
1839?-08-04
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Post, Amy Kirby, b. 1802
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“Willis, Sarah L. Kirby Hallowell. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.,” Post Family Papers Project, accessed November 19, 2017, https://rbsc.library.rochester.edu/items/show/6612.