LOWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ALFRED GILMAN COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY MARK S. GILMAN
TO HIS BROTHER ALFRED GILMAN
Lowell Jany ? 1835
We have not heard from any of our friends except
Stephen. This winter he writes that he had concluded to scratch
the ground for a living for the remainder of his days and had
accordingly purchased a small farm in Dixmont for $600 consuming
100 acres with a small house and a Barn and had taken passing
of the premises in good spirits. We are all well as usual.
Willis is learning to talk as fast as he can.
I have rec’ 7.50 from Mr. Baker $6 from the Town and $5 for one of
the stove & pipes – (the other is broken and the piece lost) which
says I have endorsed
on your note. I have your pew cushions which I will send you if
you wish or take them and allow you for them. Mr. Baker promised
to pay the balance due when he rec’d your paper.
There has been quite a revolution among the Printers here as you have
probably been informed. Lawrence commenced the Patriot with a
partner but was crowded out whether for want of funds or energy I
am not informed, but suppose it must be one of the two.
I understand the Lawrence C. are about converting their Print Works
and Bleaching into Cotton Mills, and a canal has been commenced
on the lower privilege near Central Street, so that Lowell has a
prospect of an increase of business.
I hope you will write soon and inform us how you succeed
in your business, remember me to Dorcas,
M. S. Gilman