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Lowell Mill Girl Letters

December 4, 1859


                           Lowell,3 December 4, 1859

Dear Nephew,

                           I thought I would write you this eve as it is stormy and could not go to meeting. I went this morning and did not come home until after the meeting in the afternoon it commenced to snow, last eve and it still continues to. the first we have had here enough for sleighing, they have had more in the country some time ago. we have had a very warm fall it is not quite cold weather. my health is quite good yet at this time.

I was glad to hear that you and Jane have been to school again at the Village and learned so well. a great excitement through the country about Capt. John Brown being executed. I suppose you have heard more about it than coin tell you he: - arrested with 4 others in helping 2 slaves runaway, he was to be executed last Friday. we have not heard whether he was or not. we heard that armed men were going there from the states and the southerners were afraid they would get him. the three are to be executed the 16th of Dec. Mr. B said he was ready to die it was a good cause he had been engaged in the sympathy thirerny Bells tolled - last Friday from ten to twelve but did not in this city

  1 Ann K. Howard b: 3 Mar 1810, ME d. 30 May 1873, ME;  
      parents: Joshua Howard and Zilpha Reynolds. 
  2 Scott O. Jose b: 27 Apr 1841, ME; parents: Moses W. Jose  
      and Zilpha C. Howard; married: Martha E. Curtis. 
  3 Lowell, Massachusetts. 


not so many abolitionist here as used to be when O. Scott4 was alive. they have taken up a collection to help B. wife and children. I was glad to hear they remembered her - - - your Mother did say any thing in her 
last about going to Kennebec suppose she did not go. I heard that Helen and Caroline Snell was a good deal better and Cynthia was quite out of health. I suppose you see the death of Daniel Robbins of Vassalboro he died with the consumption. he left a wife and 5 children. his sister Hannah Ellis took one of his boys about a year ago as long as she lived not thinking she would out live him and so I suppose she will keep it. the paper stated he had been pious 15 years and died in peace - your Mother said Mrs. Brown was at L I had not heard of it before, but I presume she is there. I have not written to Mrs. Bray for some time I think I shall, before a great while for I want to hear from her and the rest of the folks. have you heard from Dunbar Howard lately?  I wrote to Desire but have had no answer yet. I would like to hear from them. Charl Joy said she went to the Camp meeting at Kendalls Mills last fall her Father and Mother are living at Clinton with a Daughter of hers thanksgiving day. I went to meeting the three Methodist societies met at St. Pauls. Bro. Collier preached from the Hundred psalm first and 4th verses he preached a very good sermon.  in the after noon I called at a friend Home and took supper with them and made another call - - - - how does Reynolds twin calves coming on.

I do not know whether I wrote about  Mrs. Caroline Stone going to Lawrence to live or not. Theresa Howard Married

  4 Rev. Orange Scott. 
 a J. Foss. they say he has got with a [---] first and run away to California.

I do not know where she is. I am sorry for her for she is a nice girl. her grandfather Gould has gone from [B---] one of his grand daughters keep his house. we expected H.W. Beecher to lecture to the Middlesex Mechanics Association last week but did not come, but they expect him some time this winter. I shall try and go and hear him - - - -

I think I will close for I do not know as you can read it has your M  had her picture taken yet - - - -

From your Aunt Ann K. Howard

O Scott Jose give my love to all