Mill Boy Letters

UNIVERSITY OF MASACHUSETTS LOWELL 
CENTER FOR LOWELL HISTORY

WRITTEN BY PHINEAS ADAMS1 
TO LYDIA WRIGHT2

Lowell3 May the 10 1833

Dear friend

It is with pleasure [----] from the bissy, 
persuits of this vain world to devote my 
self in riting to a near and dear friend as 
I think you are. I got your kind letter Tuesday 
eve and I red it with much pleasure to think 
that I had one friend in the world that wold 
take panes to right tome.  I had most forgotten 
to inform you of my health which is very good 
at this time except very bad headaches and I 
hope when these bad lines rech your hands they 
will find you in purfit health.  The time seems 
long but two weeks will soon pass away. 
Give my love to all inquiring friends but 
keep a large share to your self. tell mother 
when I come home I will fetter her ginnes, 
you rote that you had not heard from 
emaline and I am very sorry to hear it. 
and you sed that you wish me to right 
but I think it is no use she will 
come if she can but if you wish me 
to right send by william and I will 
as soon as posable.  When I was up I had

  1Phineas George Adams b: 1807 d: 1881, Pepperell, MA;  
    married 1833: Lydia Childs Wright; residence: 1840  
    Lowell, MA, 1850-1880 Pepperell, MA; children 6. 
  2Lydia Childs Wright b: 6 Dec 1816, Pepperell, MA  
    d: 1899, Pepperell, MA. 
  3Lowell, Massachusetts. 

 

the pleasure of riding down alone and I got 
down about ten o clock. I wish you to come  
down on Saturday the 25 day and I will be at 
bakers tavern whare we stop last fall and  
I will be thare at ten o clock A M 
it grows late and I am afraid that I shall 
wery with with my bad riting so I must 
bid you good evening

Forever yours 
                                 Phineas Adams to 
                                 Lydia C Wright