Lowell4 Sept. 19th 1852
WRITTEN BY VARNUM ABBOTT2
TO MARGARET AND CEPHAS CLARK3
Mother I will send a few lines
to you my health is first rate. I
hope that these few lines will find
you and Farther and Dolly5
I should like to visit you with, Jonas6
but I will, put it of till a more
convenient time as my health is good
I can labor with comfort I shall
come up and see you another Spring
if we are alive time rools on son
we shall come to our end
that present I suppose you will expect
I feel rather stingy and you may expect
It will be small I send you a
Dress I do not know whether it will
suit you or not I aint much of a hand
to buy calico
Dolly I was glad to receive a line
from you you must write and send
when Jonas comes back give my respects
to Emma Abbott hope that she enjoys
life write where she stays that sumer
1This letter is part of the Abbott
Brothers Collection at Philadelphia
College in Pennsylvania.
Transcribed by the University of Massachusetts
Center for Lowell History.
2Varnum Abbott b: 1834, VT; parents:
Margaret H. King and Jonas Varnum
Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, Massachusetts.
3Parents – Margaret and Cephas
Clark, Glover, VT.
5Sister – Dorothy “Dolly” M. Abbott
b: 1841, Glover, VT; parents: Margaret H.
King and Jonas Varnum
Abbott; stepfather: Cephas Clark.
6Brother – Jonas Abbott b: 1848,
Glover, VT; parents: Margaret H. King and
Jonas Varnum Abbott;
stepfather: Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, MA.
I have lots to say not time to write
If you have a husking this year
give me an invite I should like
to come and get some rackoon or fresh
lamb either, and some good new butter
I will close by sending my love to
I remain the same person