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Galusha, Amy 1853 10 11
 
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GALUSHA FAMILY COLLECTION
LETTER 006

WRITTEN BY AARON LELAND GALUSH1AND AMY MELENDA GALUSHA2
TO THEIR PARENTS REV. WILLIAM AND POLLY GALUSHA3

[Lowell]4 [Oct] 11th 1853

Dear Parents

I am in Lowell  my helath is good  the girls are well,  people in general well  I shall commence 
work this afternoon  I have got a job in carpinter and joiner work  I get twenty fore dollars a 
month  bord myself,  I am writing at the girls bording house  Nin5 is here sewing  she has been 
unwell, but is better,  plantina and arvill6 are in the mill to work like tiyers, arvill has left no. 6 
and gone to no, 2 to learn plantina  plantina makes 1,00 per week cleer from board,  harveys 
folks are well  they board on colburn street in the same house with me,  we have goo[d] times 
the girls came over last knight & we had an old fashion sing  harvey is greasing in the yard the 
yards are all full now  it is impossible to get work in the yard  in my next letter I shal send some 
money,  we arived in lowell monday knight about dust, we got belated when we started from st 
Albans7  we were ten minutes behind,  when we reached white river junction8 we changed cars 
we were then behind the time and they run very fast so fast that they cant fire in the friction box 
we had to stop and leave a car and in getting it off from the track the cars run off and we had 
quite a time but started agan [again] with out any damage,  mary condon came on to the cars at 
montpeliur  with her husband  they were going to boston  arvill was at the depot  she spoke to 
mary at the car window  we took a coach and came to no, 5 direct to no 5 [ld ?] for I don’t know 
how soon I shall change my boarding place  goodby  ALG

Dear Parents

     Lealy10 has just left me to go for his dinner and I thought that I would fill out his sheet he 
has been trying to get work ever since he has been here but could not find a place till to day I 
guess from what he said about it that he has got a pretty good chance  Last thursday we had a 

  1Brother – Aaron Leland Galusha b: 14 Sep 1832, VT; married: Sarah Armstrong.
  2Amy Melenda Galusha b: 16 Apr 1825, Berkshire, VT d: 9 Oct 1869, Berkshire, VT.
  3Parents – William Galusha b: 1796, VT; occupation: minister; married 1825: Polly Larabee 
     b: 4 Feb 1797, Weathersfield, VT d: 8 Dec 1874, VT.
  4Lowell, Massachusetts.
  5Amy Melenda Galusha b: 16 Apr 1825, Berkshire, VT d: 9 Oct 1869, Berkshire, VT.
  6Sister – Arvilla Galusha
  7St. Albans, Vermont.
  8White River Junction, Vermont.
  9Montpelier, Vermont.
  10Brother – Aaron Leland Galusha b: 14 Sep 1832, VT; married: Sarah Armstrong.

great day here  it was called the firemans Jubilee  Arvilla is going to send you a vox11 which will 
tell the whole story so you will get something from all of us  I shall send you five dollars and L 
says he shall send five the first that he earns  so you must get you and pa good comfortable 
clothes and buy you a little stove to put in the front room and hire sombody to chop the wood 
pile and get you a good smart boy to board and go to school and do chores so as not to let pa 
cetch cold next winter as he did last  and we will put in and work the harder while we can  I was 
all most sick with swelled ankles before plantina came and I [----aced] around so much to find a 
place for her that I got so I could not work and have been out four days and a half  my ankles 
swell almost as bad as when I first came to Lowell but I guess they will be better now I have had 
a good rest  I am going to work again Monday I hope that thare will not be any more girls come 
from Berkshire12 for me to find places for this fall  it is possible that Leafy Stanhope might get in 
as she is an old hand at dressing any way  I hope she will come soon  John and Rhoda French are 
well and their little girl  tell Aunt F that Rhoda expects a boy soon  write about Jane and all the 
news when you answer this  Rhoda has moved onto the Boot corp to live at no 25 so she is close 
by us now and we are glad of it  thare was a man wrote to me from west Berkshire last month 
about getting our house insured  his name was Wm Brewster and I have neglected saying 
anything about it till this time  if you and Wm Kindale think it best you mey [may] get it insured 
I should feel more safe to knew that it was insured  but I must close for want of time and paper 
signed by Amy M Galusha
 

  11Vox Populi
  12Berkshire, Vermont.
 

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