Gilbert, Anne E. and Echsah Towns
 
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Courtesy: American Textile History Museum [#1005.150]
Transcribed: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History
 
                    February 28th 1847
 
My Dear Friend,
 
                    You will be surprised I presume 
at receiving a letter from me, but I have often thought of you, 
and have been tempted to write, but did not know exactly 
where you were, but last Friday who should walk into the 
factory but A ---1 I tell you I was delighted to see her, 
but I never was more astonished in my life. Our factory 
started to, I have commenced working in it. and now I 
am coming to the point. I want you dear L ---2 to come 
down & work here. It is your sister's request too. Now 
do come, & you will never repent it. I want you to 
come very much. The factory is very pleasantly situated 
and I think you will like very much. A3  boards very 
near the factory.  & you can see her at any we have 
delightful times. If you come, you can board, and 
work in the room with me. I will do everything 
in my power to mak you happy & contented. 
Now if you do not come, I shall be very much 
disappointed. You must come, so do not think of 
refusing. But I must close, for my time is short 
remember & fail not. Please answer this a soon as 
possible, but give me the answer we wish for. 
Direct your letter to the Naumkeag Corporation4

                       your aff Friend Anne E. Gilbert5
                                                        turn over 

  1Achsah Heald Ryerson b: 9 Jul 1826, Summer, ME d: 21 Aug 1851,  Lawrence, MA – 
      consumption; married: Moody Towns “Towne” b: 3 May 1821, Lisbon, NH
  2Lovisa “Louisa” Jane Ryerson b: 12 Dec 1829, Summer, ME d: 29 Sep 1847, Rumford, ME; 
     married: Charles Pickney S. Wardwell b: 4 Feb 1824, Rumford, Oxford, ME d: 3 Mar 1879, 
     Boston, MA
  3Achsah Heald Ryerson b: 9 Jul 1826, Summer, ME d: 21 Aug 1851, Lawrence, MA – 
     consumption; married: Moody Towns “Towne” b: 3 May 1821, Lisbon, NH
  4Salem, MA
  5Anne “Anna” “Annie” E. Gilbert b: 1829, MA d: 1897, Salem, MA; married: 
     Albert H. Miner “Minor” b: 1826, MA d: 15 Jun 1864, Salem, MA
 
 

Care of Mr Charles Jelly6

Anne E. Gilbert7  caled me last evening and left me this letter
to finish for you but I have not recived an answer to the 
one I wrote to you last. I found Anne last friday 
in the mill. I got me a place to work in the same room 
with her in a week or too, but I shant go you can come 
and take my place as I am not able to work my cough is 
no better and the Doc says that I must leave Salem8 if I want 
to live & if you will go home with me & will go I recived a
letter from Father9 last week he wrote for me to come he said 
he had a letter from you the week bfore he wrote to me 
he wrote that you was coming home this spring Almira L. 
is married and moved to portland10 quick doings Colo. 
Heald11 is dead if you cant go home you must come 
out here to work and board with A12 and work with 
her to but if you will go home you must write and 
let me know when we must go as soon as you can 
on the acount of my cough Towns13 says he will come 
down after us when we want to come back if you 
can go you must come out hear a day or to bfore we go 
write and let me no all about it  if you havnt got 
money enough to git back again after you git 
down this I will see that you are back safe give my love 
to all write us soon as you git this  so good bye from your

Write                                Sister       Achseah H. Towns14
Write Soon                                       March the 2 1847

[on cover]
Miss Levicia Reyerson15
Lowell, Mass
No. 14 appleton corp.16

   6Charles H. Jelley 1850: Salem, MA - baker
   7Anne “Anna” “Annie” E. Gilbert b: 1829, MA d: 1897, Salem, MA; married: 
     Albert H. Miner “Minor” b: 1826, MA d: 15 Jun 1864, Salem, MA
   8Salem, MA
   9Howell Ryerson b: 6 Mar 1796, Paris, ME d: 1878 Sumner, ME; married:
     20 Aug 1817, Susanna Heald Roberts b: 13 Jun 1799, Sumner, ME d: 3 Apr 1836, 
     Summer, ME
  10Portland, ME
  11Colonel Benjamin Heald b: 25 Jun 1764, Acton, MA d: 12 Oct 1841, 
     Carlisle, MA - maybe
  12Anne “Anna” “Annie” E. Gilbert b: 1829, MA d: 1897, Salem, MA; married: 
     Albert H. Miner “Minor” b: 1826, MA d: 15 Jun 1864, Salem, MA
  13Moody Towns b: 3 May 1821, Lisbon, NH - maybe
  14Achsah Heald Ryerson b: 9 Jul 1826, Summer, ME d: 21 Aug 1851, 
     Lawrence, MA – consumption; married: Moody Towns “Towne” b: 3 May 1821, 
     Lisbon, NH
  15Lovisa Jane Ryerson b: 12 Dec 1829, Summer, ME; 1847-1850: textile worker, 
     Lowell, MA
  161849-1853 Appleton Mills #14 – Ruth E. Rand, BH Keeper b: 1812, ME

 

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