Bixby, Lydia 1852-05-22
 
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LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
BIXBY FAMILY COLLECTION
 
LETTER WRITTEN BY LYDIA BIXBY1
TO HER MOTHER MARY GILSON BIXBY
 
                                                         May 222
 
Dear Mother3 I now Sit down to write to you it is a long time
Since I have heard from home it is almost six month I have been
thinking evry day I would write but I get to tired I put it of  till
to morrow I am in pretty good health I am at work in the factory
in the card room No 1 Mr Marshall is my overseer I get
10 Shillings a week besides my board I pay a dollar and a
quarter for my board have my washing done I board at
No 6 Basin Street right close to the counting room
Mr Ferson is the Man I board with I like in the Mill
pretty well I am spare hand I like my overseer verry much
he is real good to his girls when they get behind hand
with their work he will take right hold and help them
he is a strong Milerite they hold their meetings in this
place their belief is now that the world is coming to
an end next year My overseer wantet I should get him
Some more Groton4 Girls to work for him I told him they
was all Ladys up there and would not work in the factory
there is a great cry for yankee girls here they cant get them
for love nor money hardly I like my boarding place pretty
well but there is no danger of my eating enough to hurt

  1 Lydia Bixby b: 1 Apr 1827, Groton, MA; parents: Asa Bixby and Mary 
    Gilson; daughter no father listed: Eliza Jane Bixby b: 6 Oct 1849, Groton, 
    MA; married 1858: Cole Abel ďAbelĒ Tarbell b: 1773, Groton, MA.
  2 Nashua, New Hampshire - 1852?
  3 Mother Ė Mary Gilson Bixby b: 6 Mar 1797, Groton, MA d: 7 Feb 1884, 
    Groton, MA.
  4 Groton, Massachusetts. Groton is a town near the New Hampshire border.
 

me I could change and get a better one but after I get aquainted
I donít like to change I go in at 5 in the morning come
out at Six when we are smart when we donít work quite
so well we dont get out till half past Six and once in a
great while we have to stay in to bell time 7 clock
I have not lost but 2 days and a half then i was Sick
I had a cold I could not Speak a loud word my would not
let me come home then he was so Short of help he
told me to drink Some herb tea take a Sweat
and go to bed and be Shure not have my window
up  there has been two fires here Since i have been
here I have seen Harriet Adams 2 or 3 times to
Speak to her Sarah Messer workes in the Same
Number I do in the weaving room I meet her
every day but I dont know her now  they
are all the Groton folks I have Seen Since I
have been here O I had almost forgot I met
James Marshall in the Street he Spoke to me
I did not know who it was till he told
me he has alterd  So mother have you herd from
[unclear] lately I have never answered that letter
 
 
 

that he wrote to me and I fell ashamed As now
I guess he will think I was the thoughtfull Sister
Where is Thomas5 I should like to see him verry
much I have not seen him but once Since he come
back it as though he was a stranger to me Joshua6
come over to peperill7 a little while before i left
I took him down to the ragroom with me I went
in I thought he was coming right in behind me but he
gave me the mittin I went out and looked all around
for him but he was gone tell him his call was
short and sweet tell Dana to write to me and
all the rest for I did not forget home because I
delayed writing so long I am something like Thomas
about that think about it when I cant do it and
Mother I want you to write to me to and tell me how
all of my brothers and sisters are I donít know when
I can come home I shoud come as soon as I can come
down and see me and tell the rest to you go from the
depo down main street and down factory street
the counting room is at the end of factory street it
is the Nashua Corporation you could go to the end

  5 Brother: Thomas Bixby b: 22 Mar 1831, Groton, MA.
  6 Brother: Joshua Bixby b: 13 Apr 1839, Groton, MA.
  7 Paper Mill, Pepperell,  Massachusetts.
 
 

counting room and call me out tell them my name
and that I worked in no 1 card room they would
call me out or you could go to my boarding place
No 6 Basin Street just the other Side of the road
from the counting room it is very easy found
if you did not know you could inquire amost
any one could tell you wright to me as soon
as you get this for I long to hear from you

                      from your affectionate daughter
                                            Lydia Bixby

give my love to all my inquiring friends
acquaintance and School mates if they Should
happen to be any O how I Should like to see all
my old School mates in the School room once
more I would tell them they was spending there
happiest days now O tell me what Dr Smith is doing
now I should like to see him very much I cant write
anymore for I have got to the end of this sheet of paper.
 

 
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