Gilman, Stephen 1834 11 16
 
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LOWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ALFRED GILMAN COLLECTION

WRITTEN BY STEPHEN GILMAN
TO HIS BROTHER ALFRED GILMAN

                                  Dixmont  Nov. 16,1834

Dear Brother

A few weeks since I made a short
visit to Lowell and was greatly disappointed
in the fact that Alfred was not there, however
the disappointment was almost half made up by
 the pleasure of seeing thy better half at Hudson
you have probably heard from thou before this time
therefore I cannot tell you any news from that
quarter, but will tell you something you don’t
know from this quarter aye, yankee fashion.
Did you know that I have turned clod hopper
and furrow turner? And truly believe scripture
prophecy is correct for I have bent my sword
into a ploughshare and my pistols into a
pitchfork. But to the point, having made an
unsuccessful pursuit for some good business un
lieu of my trade which you know I do not like
over much I concluded to purchase a small
farm in this town and try a farmers life.
My farm is situated about ½ mile from cousin
Jos. on the south road. Contains 100 acres of land
Has upon it a good barn, a house 10ft. square
10ft. high and a little more,. We have just moved
and arranged our household matters for the
winter.

Last night I received your neat-little
paper and read it thro’on I slept. May success
attend it and you. I would moralize a little but
I must write 3 more letters this evening and will
cut off with the usual Give our love to your wife
and accept the best wishes of your Brother

                                              Stephen Gilman

 

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