1857: Pleasant Hunter to Eliza Hunter

Linden Hall Seminary in early 1800s

Linden Hall Seminary in early 1800s

This letter was written by Pleasant Hunter (1809-1894), the son of Peter Grubb Hunter (1764-1838) and Elizabeth Vaughan (1777-1850). He was married to Margaret Smyser (1819-1893). Besides owning the Hunter Mill and being an innkeeper is Wiseburg, Hunter was also the Post Master.

Hunter wrote the letter to his 15 year-old daughter, Elizabeth “Eliza” Hunter (1842-1887). Other siblings mentioned include Thomas Jacob Hunter (1845-1912), Mary E. Hunter (1847-1930), Silas W. Hunter (1849-1922), Pleasant S. Hunter (1855-1894) and Clara Smyser Hunter (1843-1859). Eliza attended the Linden Hall Seminary in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Several of her letters are housed in the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan under Hunter Family Correspondence 1856-1866.

Hunter’s house in Wiseburg is a Historic Property in Maryland.

Stampless Letter

Stampless Letter

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Addressed to Miss Eliza Hunter, Linden Hall, Lititz P. Office, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Wiseburg [or Weisburg], Maryland
March 19th 1857

Dear Daughter,

We received your letter last week and was happy to hear you were well. Your grandma is about as usual. We are all well at present and hope the receipt of this may find you the same. The measles are all around us but have not reached our place yet. Thomas, Mary & Silas are all going to school and seem to make considerable progress in learning. Pleasant & Clara often talk of you. I miss you very much

About the chickens, I have been trying to contract with Tommy & Mary as to the care of them. Your mother has some 8 or nine hens that will hatch this month and I hope we will be able to give you some young chicken to eat when you come home at vacation. The little girls are often enquiring about you at school. Your Uncle Peter & John & Thomas family are all well. Thomas himself, I understand this morning is complaining with his old complaint. We had a considerable snow here on Friday night last. It was some three or four inches deep and in Baltimore from 14 to 18 inches but all melted against night. It is now snowing & raining considerable & is very muddy bad traveling.

I must now close as the mail is at hand. Nothing more at present but remain your affectionate father, — Pleasant Hunter

P.S. Your mother, brothers & sisters all send their love to you. Amy Carr is sorry she can’t see you. Eliza is much better & they talk of going away to Mary Starr’s the middle of next month. Write soon & let me know how you are progressing in music &c. Put a little note in your letter to Clara.


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