Gilman, Hannah 1832 08 22
 
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LOWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ALFRED GILMAN COLLECTION

WRITTEN BY HANNAH GILMAN
TO HER SON ALFRED GILMAN

                                                         Lowell August 22, 1832

My Dear Son,
         
   I have been daily expecting to hear from you, the distance
is so great, after I have given my letter time to reach you, and for an
answer in return. I feel impatient to hear, yet feel confidence
in that protecting power that has preserved you, through the
dangers of the Sea, that he will keep you in health and safty.
My Dear, do you not realize these blessings, and view the hand of
providence in all the events of your life? I hope you do, and feel grateful.
you have a Father, in Heaven who watches over you, if you put your
trust in him, he never will leave nor forsake you. You must be
sensible your Mothers care has been over you for good, through life,
and my anxiety for your interest, and welfare is as great though
absent, a nd at so great a distance as ever and my thoughts are
with you, I look back on the many scenes that is past, the evenings we have enjoyed, you 
have retired from labor and soothed the gladsome
hours with the sound of the flute, or in social conversation, and all
has been cheerful and happy. But we read, “It is not in man that
Walketh, to direct his steps”, things are changed it is ordered by a wise provid-
ence, and I desire to be resigned, and seek that happiness in retirement
that cannot be found in a continual round of company, it is
in retirement our affections are raised to God and our souls refreshed and quick,
talked of a journey, they went to Exeter, and Portsmouth it was the last of the
month he was full of business in the counting room, and preparing for
the journey he could not attend to answering your letter (that he received about
the same time) till he returned, then he made inquiry concerning the trial
and found it was not coming on in Sept. he says, as I am writing he will
defer his letter to some other time and give me a notice, to communicate to
you,-Marks health is not improved by his journey, the jaundice appears to
be his greatest trouble, he looks miserable but still attends to his business as usual.
they had a pleasant visit and found all our friends well,
in addition to the family Miss Hutchins is here as a boarder (He says), she has
been here a number of weeks and has not had any business, you may judge
what kind of a boarder she must be, Hannahs sister Caroline is here making
a visit. I have a very imperfect account of the news that is passing
to give you any relation.-there is a controversy arisen between the editors
of the Evangelist and Observer on Baptism that has caused much excitement, some
say they tremble for the editors of the Observer, for my part I think the Observer has
good grounds to maintain their side. If there is any place I wish to be in
most is to mingle in your society with Stephen, and his little family
is what I have always anticipated, as you have found the way. I think to
wait till another season, If I should live and do well to visit Bangor.
Mark has given me a little note it is this “Mr. Ames says there is not much 
probability of the law suit coming on at the next term—Mr. Billings
intimated something about settling but did not say much about it.
Mr. Ames thinks Mr. Billings will not let the case go to trial”-
Mark did not say any thing to Mr. Meacham after receiving your letter,
as he stated this sum he would give you, and he thought he would not agree
any other terms than what he had name.

     We all untie in love to you , and to Stephen and his family,, Mark & Hannah
began to think what , and in that life that is everlasting in the word---
 is the prayer of your affectionate Mother.

                       H. Gilman

P.S. I forgot to mention I expect to make a visit to Exeter and Portsmouth in
 a short time, you may direct letters to Lowell to Marks care if I
 am not here he will send them on, but shall write the first opportunity
 after leaving. I think you must want your Mothers care in your
 clothing,-your shirts and stockings, have thought you must want a supply as
 your making so long visit, shall take your clothes with me as I expect
 to Winter some where in my journeying.
 
 

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