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Lowell Mill Girl Letters

September 13, 1854

Courtesy: American Textile History Museum 
Transcribed: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History 
                     Lowell  Sept 13 1854 
Dear Cousin1 
accordin to promis I will try to write a few lynes to you after I left you I dun up Business first had a good visit at Uncle Daniels but could not get away from them till Wednesday had a good Journey home found all our Friends well except for Sister Lavina she was able to sit up that quite feeble and very glad to See me 
Clara2  and Lavina Send much love to you and your Family and all your Friends and feel very great full for the present you Sent them and Say you must come to Lowell and visit us and all of your Family and Friends for they want to see you more then they can express it is quite healthy in Lowell for the Season I hope you 
will write soon and let me no how 


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you will doe how is my Dear Uncle and Aunt and all my Dear Cousins in Warner I think off you you were all So kind to me I trust I Shall never forguit that visit no never the prospect is Lowell will be a dull place this Winter they are going to Stop much off the work in the mills and that will mak Business dull and the times hard for Poor People. doe let let me no if you have heard from Cousin Darius3  and what write all the news Clara will write to John but She did receive his letter I Shall write to your Father and Mother4 and Cousin Bartlett5  and Tenny6  Soon I have not much news to write now writ Soon as your receive this

                      your affetionate 
My love to all Rebecca P. Hardy7 


  1Mary J. Hardy b: 1813, Warner, NH d: Aug 1884, Warner, NH; m: 1852 
  2Clarissa J. Hardy b: 1810 m: 19 Feb 1843 Rev. Edward A. Rice

 3Darius Hardy b: 1808, Warner, NH; m: 23 Nov 1835, Lowell MA  
     Mary P. Woodward b: MA 
  4Thaddeus Hardy b: 29 Dec 1779, Bradford, MA; m: 3 Apr 1803  
     Judith Edmunds b: 1784 
  5Bartlett Hardy b: 1816, Warner, NH 
  6Tenny Hardy b: 1808, NH; m: Malinda Watson b: 1816, NH 
  7Rebecca Peabody Hardy b: 1797, Bradford, MA d: 31 Oct 1878,  
     Lowell, MA

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