1847: Elijah H. & Martha K. Dresser to Cyrus K. Wood

This letter was written by Elijah Houghton Dresser (1822-1877) and his sister Martha Kilbourne Dresser (1824-18xx) of Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine. They wrote the letter to their sister, Harriet (Dresser) Wood (1817-1847), the wife of Cyrus K. Wood. Harriet’s ill health is noticed in this letter; she died 17 September 1847 in Kingfield, Franklin County, Maine. The Dresser siblings were the children of Tyrus Dresser (1787-Aft1880) and Patricia Kilbourn (1789-Aft1850) of Turner, Maine.

Stampless Letter

Stampless Letter

Addressed to Cyrus K. Wood, Kingfield, Maine

Turner [Maine]
April 17, 1847

Dear Brother & Sister,

We received your letter last Friday and was very glad to hear from you though sorry to hear that your health  is so poor. We was on the point of writing when we received your letter. It seems you had a heavy shock when you saw the news in the paper, but not more shocked than I was when we received your letter, for that was the first we knew of its being in the paper. I suppose the mistake was made by the printer for Miss Nancy Dyer is as great a stranger to me as she is to you. Such mistakes are often made you know in printing. I intended last fall to have made you a visit last winter but it was so late before we could bring things about right, that I thought it not safe to start. We live in the fore-room partly by ourselves and get along first rate. I wish you lived near here so you could run in and try to help them plague and laugh at us. But I must stop writing soon and give Martha a chance to write the rest. It is as cold today as January. The snow is not near off the ground yet and the farming business looks rather discouraging.

I suppose you have a dreadful team of steers by the talk but I should just like the privilege of howling with you. I hope you will come down next fall and make us a long visit for we want to see you here very much. Nancy sends her love to you all also myself the same. Yours, &c. — Elijah H. Dresser

My Dear Sister,

I have not much news to write to you that will be very interesting to you but I will write a few lines about that wedding as Elijah has not written anything about that. They went up to Esq. Prine’s to have the nott tied. Daniel, Julia Ann, and myself went with them to witness it. We had a party hear last week. The ladies came in the afternoon and the gentlemen in the evening. Elizabeth Greely was married last week to Mr. Cutter — a sea captain. She has gone to France with him.

Mother says if you do not get better, she says that I may go and stay with you this summer. We want you to write just how your health is. Mother says she is afraid you do not write the worst of it. She says she does not want you to write that you are well if you are sick. Pa and Marm will go up to Kingfield this summer if they get along with the spring work so that they can. Pa and Marm says you must not look for them until you  see them coming. If your health is no better, you must write now and Elijah will go and carry me up to Kingfield if you want me to.

The postage on that last paper was 15 cents. I want to see Galen and the rest of the children very much. You must not fail of writing to us in a few weeks for we shall be very anxious to hear from you. Nancy has gone home to get the paper that has got their marriage in. They do not like it very well. It has come out in such shape, but you know that they are little folks and must expect little things.

Give my love to all the girls that inquire after me. Be sure to write in a very short time. — Martha K. Dresser

As Martha has not used up all the paper, I will scribble a few lines more. Mrs. Wood is going to Portland again this summer to work in the Elm Tavern kept by Mr. Charles Barrell. She is going to be the overseer of the work. Mr. Wendling died about three weeks ago. The Duck Tribe have all gone to Brunswick now to live. Luke has gone to Bath this summer to work building a house to rent. We have not heard from Uncle Barock’s this winter. Grandmarm is as smart or smarter than ever. The postage on papers now is three cents and we can about as well send letters as papers. Don’t fail to write again in 3 or 4 weeks at the longest, so good day.

— Elijah H. Dresser


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