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Galusha, Amy 1851 10 09
 
LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
GALUSHA FAMILY COLLECTION
LETTER 127

WRITTEN BY AMY MELENDA GALUSHA1
TO HER PARENTS REV. WILLIAM AND POLLY GALUSHA2

Lowell3 Oct 9 1851

Dear Parents

     I received your letter and was glad that you were doing so well as you are  I hope 
that you will not freeze to death this winter  if you cannot get into the new house try to fix 
up the old one so that you can live in it comfortably as possible  do not be discouraged 
for the Lord will take care of you  I wish that you would write how much you owe 
Erastas Bard and I will try to send you the money fore I suppose if he is sick that his 
family will need it  I shall send you ten now and will send you then more if it is necesary 
when I am paid  I am a going to get me one dress and a cloak which will be enough for 
the winter  I have hired a seat in the Methodist Church with Christopher and Viola C. has 
experianced religeon since he came here and has united with the Worthen Street M E 
Church on probation  he is very much engaged in religeon  he likes here very much and 
so does Viola  she says she would give anything if her Father could but hear Mr Colyar 
preach for he would not know how to contain himself  I do think myself that he is the 
smartest Methodist preacher that ever I heard preach  why Eldar Meeker could not hold a 
candle to him  I do not know as I shall hire a seat after this quarter which will continue 
till the first of January although C and V are very anxious that I should  it is very pleasant 
wether  here this fall  Viola says she is not sorry that she has come and thinks she shall 
stay a year very contedly  she was rather homesick at first but I have not heard any more 
of that since C. came  he is very attentive and sits her up evry Sunday night.  on the 
whole I think he is a very good little fellow  I begin to like him better than I used to when 
we went to school together.  Viola has got so that she can run four looms quite decently 
Mr Cooper says that she gets along remarkbly well  she makes about two dolers per week 
I never learned a girl with so little trouble as I did her  she is very smart and will make a 
first rate weaver  Oh how lonesome I shall be shen she is gone home.  I hope that Arvilla4
will learn as easy as she did  I hope that you will not let Arvilla race around with ... this 
winter  I think it is bad enough for her to go with boys of her own age  I hope that Lele5
will go with her himself  it will look much better than the other way but I must stop and 

  1Amy Melenda Galusha b: 16 Apr 1825, Berkshire, VT d: 9 Oct 1869, Berkshire, VT.
  2Parents – William Galusha b: 1796, VT; occupation: minister; married 1825: Polly Larabee 
   b: 4 Feb 1797, Weathersfield, VT d: 8 Dec 1874, VT.
  3Lowell, Massachusetts; occupation: mill worker
  4Sister – Arvilla Galusha
  5Brother – Aaron Leland Galusha b: 14 Sep 1832, VT; married: Sarah Armstrong.

     get a light  tell Lele that if he will kill gray squirrils enough to make me a boa I will five 
him five dollars

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Charles Miner is married

John French and Rhoda called to see us to night  they are well  Rhoda had not heard of 
Janes wedding  she thinks that Jane has done first rate  she was very much displeased to 
think they tried to sheviree her  Mrs Burgess is going to california and John says he shall 
go in the spring  I believe that I should rather be in Janes place than Rhodas.  I pity her 
but you must not say a word.  tell Janette when you see her that she ought to write to 
Rhoda for she feels rather bad.  give my love to H  and L and aunt Fany and Nancy and 
aunt Olive and all the folks.  do not let Sall see nor hear from this letter if you can heple it 
I guess you will laugh when you see how I have written help just as I used to say it what I 
was a little baby  O how many little things will take place to bring back the memory of 
the past “Memory thou restless spirit why break my rest.”  I cannot live one hour without 
thinking of the happy days when I knew no care when the voice of my parents was my 
only guide and a Mothers bosem was the only recpticle for my childish griefs.  I have 
been more homesick since I  came back this time that I have been before since the first 
summer that I was in the place but that is almost done with I hope  I do not think that I 
shall come home again till I come for good and all  I wonder how you stood through the 
day after I came away  I thought that you would cry after we were gone for all you 
braved it out better than I did but you was so afraid you should appear like Aunt Irena 
that you did not shed a tear until I was gone but if you got along without all day you did 
better than I did  Viola and I have laughed a great many times over what pa said when he 
came down stairs that night after we had such a tremenoeous uprore as bad as ever they 
had at Ephesus about the godess Diana  I cannot help thinking how ridicolously I was 
treated in my own Fathers house by some of my relation but never mind them  we can 
live without them and shall probably have to give my best respects to all the friends and
neighbors who shall enquire for me  Lucina Ganes went from here the next week after we 
come down  she could not get work to suite her and she went to Springfield  she has 
writen to us once since she left  she was sewing then and was expecting a chance in the 
mill soon  it was just as I expected almost a thing imposible to get a place for a new hand 
in the mill  I was glad that there did not any more girls come with me but Lucina did not 
blame me or at least she said she did not  I tried all that week to get her a place and Ann 
Fay tried her best to get her in but did not succeed  but I shall write for Arvilla when I 
want her  tell Lele he must write to me and let me know how he gets along with the house

Amy Galusha

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I shall write my name as plain as I can for if the letter shall go to Washington they will 
know who to send it back to

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 6Sister – Helen Galusha

I guess you will think that I have got this letter full enough and I hope that you will 
fill one as full Amy M. Galusha
 

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