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Galusha, Amy 1855 02 19
 
LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
GALUSHA FAMILY COLLECTION
LETTER 003

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

Lowell3 Feb 19  /55

Dear Parents

     I received youre kind letter last week and was very glad to hear from you I hope that 
youre health will continue to improve as it is getting towards spring

     I did no intend when I wrote you last to write anything to make you feel bad and I hope I 
did not for I would not for worlds add one drop to a cup of bitterness which I know is allready to 
full but you must forgive me if I through ignorance  I should cast a shadow of my own sad 
thoughts over the spotless sheet – my hand would fain cover with beems of joy  I do not know 
but you think that I cherish hard feelings towards Arvilla4 but if you do you are much mistaken I 
have never been concious of treating her with the least degree of unkindness in word or manner 
whenever she has came to me I have received her with as much kindness as I could any body so 
you may be assured that her declining to visit me is from no such cause as she represents to you 
but I wish her well in well doing but I do not wish for the prosperity of such conduct as I myself 
have witnessed in her in Lowell  I have never written to you anything more than what duty to her 
and you and justice to myself have compelled me to do respecting what transpired while she was 
here but one thing I will tell you which I know to be a fact and that is that she left Lowell in July 
whare she went I know not but she was not in the city for she was searched for high and low evry 
nook and corner but it appears she was not found  but if she will settle down and be good now 
she shall have my best wishes and most fervent prayer for her welfare  give my love to Hellen,5
and Lealand,6 tell them that I remember them although I do not write to them as much as I should 
be glad to  if H goes to Wis,n7 in the spring I do not know as it will be best for me to try to see 
her before she goes for it will be so hard to part it kills me to think of it,  I have never recovered 
from the parting with you when I left you, with christopher the last time I was at home  I never 
think of it but the tears rush unbiden to my eyes and my mothers pale face rises before me as she 
stood enveloped in the dim misty drapery of the night and watche to catch the last glimps of the 
wagon as  it rolled away in the distance bearing away her her hearts best treasure  but I am 
getting altogether to sentimental for my proffession an so I leave the subject  I have been to 

  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
  5Sister – Helen Galusha
  6Brother – Aaron Leland Galusha b: 14 Sep 1832, VT; married: Sarah Armstrong.
  7Wisconsin

meeting today and heard our Fairfax student Mr Wigen  he was a poor boy and was brought up 
in our sabbath school and our ch are educating him  his text was I Timothy I, II “the glorious 
gospel of the blessed God,”  it was a very good sermon indeed  the speaker was a little 
embarrased and no wonder he was for Mr Eddy was sitting in the pulpit behind him and all the 
old deacons and sage members of the church were looking up with steadfast countanences to 
hear what the boy would say but he soon got fairly into the spirit of his subject and handled it so 
masterly that when he closed you could see a good degree of satisfaction unanimously writen 
upon the countanences of the heares  give my love to Christopher and Viola  tell them I want to 
see them very much  my health is quite good now my cough has subsided and I feel the influence 
of returning spring upon my physical facultyes  I have got some money for you and if you need it 
I hope that you will let me know  do not suffer for anything  I want to lay up enough to finish of 
the house if I can before I come home

                                                                     Amy

(I meant to write on a bigger sheet than this but made a mistake but I do not know but I have [----] enough unless its better)

                                                                      Amy

 

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