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BROME, CANADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
DANIEL SPENCER GILMAN COLLECTION

WRITTEN BY DANIEL SPENCER
TO HIS PARENTS MOSES AND PATIENCE SPENCER GILMAN

Lowell JanY 16th, 1840

Respected Parents I received your letter of the third December and now having a good opportunity of answering it I shall improve it as Mr. MacDonald and John Boright are here from Canada and expect soon to return. We are enjoying excellent health although it has been quite sickly here owing to the Typhus fever. The Smallpox is quite prevalent in Boston and adjacent villages but I hear there has no case as yet occured in Lowell I am living with Uncle Coffin and shall probably remain with him till the Spring. (...)

The are quite a number of Canadians here among the rest Roswell Winchester Son of Moses Winchester and Luther Longley who is peddling about here. A nephew of Margaret Cotton’s is here at work for Uncle. I belie I have got as fine a little Aunt [as] any person could ask for, her father mother Sister and Brot live here. Uncle has ha the misfortune of losing a son ce I have been here. (...)

The population of Lowell is not far from twenty thousand. They have thirteen Houses for Public worship viz. one Episcopal, two Congregational, two Calvinist Baptist, two Methodist, one Free Will Baptist, one Unitarian and one Catholic. There are a great many Irish here who are zealous Catholics, men women and children will get drunk fight and the like then go to Church and have their sins all pardoned. They will also at the death of a friend get drunk and howl over the body in a manner truly terrifying. Lowell is truly a City of Girls and Spindles, to see the Streets at meal time is truly astonishing. I expect every day to fall in love head and ears with some of the fair Ladies of Lowell. I think you will say Spencer beware. No need of caution. (...)

Your Obt Son D.S. Gilman

 

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