This letter was written to Julia Ann Joy (1818-18xx), the daughter of Cyrus Joy (1787-1870) and Jerusha Parsons (1793-1823) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After Jerusha’s death, Cyrus married Faithful Gove (1803-1848) in August 1823.
The identity of the person who wrote this letter is not yet known as the signature is difficult to read. The first initial is in doubt, though the second initial appears to be “M” and the surname is Gove. The author is certainly a relative of Faithful (“Faith”) Gove (mentioned above and in the letter) who was the step-mother of Julia Ann Joy. The author mentions “Dolly” near the end of the letter. This may have been Dorothy (“Dolly”) Gove (1778-1847) who was the second wife of John Hamlin (1763-1852) of Plainfield, Massachusetts. This Dorothy died on 21 September 1847 — several months after this letter was written — and she may have been the mother of whomever wrote this letter.
Addressed to Miss Julia A. Joy, Care of J. Levy & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 19th 1847
My Dear Julia,
Your letter dated the 10 was received last eve & I hasten to answer it that it may reach you as soon as possible. I was very glad to get your letter, I can assure you for I thought it was very strange that Faith did not write. I had been feeling that she was sick but I hope she will be better. I am happy to be able to say to you that Mother is slowly recovering & Doct. Bemis thinks she will soon be as well as she was before her fall. He now lets her cut a little Beef Steak & she thinks she shall soon be well. He has kept her on gruel nearly 4 weeks but I think it has been for her as she seems to have some trouble about her head which the Doct. does not like. I do not now have to get up more than 2 or 3 times in the course of the night but I have been for the last 2 weeks most sick. The rest of the family are in usual health. Uncle Eagen was over on Saturday. Said all were well at W & Cousin Rodney was here also last week. Said [our] Chesterfield [Massachusetts] friends were all well — so far so good, I am sure. Heard from Lucy last week. She was well & got home well & I think she will make you a visit in the spring if Ellen remains well as she is now. I have just got mother in bed for the night & she says I must give her love to all & hopes that Faith will be careful of herself.
I am sorry to hear that Adelaide is still feeble but perhaps she will be better ‘ere long. Do give my love to all the family & when you write again tell me all I asked in my other letter for you did not tell me anything but I was much obliged to you for the letter, I can assure you. I suppose you are now in New York & quite happy. I hope I shall expect to hear from you as soon as you return. Do send me some of your reading matter as I am at home here from one week and to another & I should be more contented had I something to read for I will read a little if I can. I had forgot to tell you that Doct. Porter is dead. He died a hermit almost. Julia, I can write no more as I am very tired & my head aches very hard & I should not have written did I not know how anxious you would be to hear from me. Dolly sends love to you all. Good bye and let me hear from you soon.
Yours truly, — [?] M. Gove