VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
LETTER WRITTEN BY
MARY STILES PAUL1
Lowell2 July 1st 1849
My health has been pretty good though I have been obliged to be
out of the mill
four days. I thought then that it would be impossible for me to work
through the hot
weather. But since I think I shall manage to get through after a fashion.
I do not know
what wages I am to have as I have not yet been paid but I shall not
expect much, as I have
not been able to do much, although I have worked very hard.
1Mary Stiles Paul b: 26 Jan 1830, Hanover,
NH d: 12 Dec 1899,
Cambridge, MA; parents:
Bela Paul b: Taunton, MA and Mary
Briggs b: Keene, NH;
married in Lowell 1857: Isaac Guild b:
19 Jun 1831, NH; Isaac
Guild 1860: marble works, Lynn, MA;
children: Irving Tracy
Guild and Sidney Paul Guild.
Twenty-five of her
letters, covering the years 1845-1862 have
survived. She began
working as a domestic in Bridgewater, Vermont.
1845-1848 worked in
Lowell textile mills. 1848 joined her father in
Claremont, New Hampshire.
1850 returned to Vermont for a short spell.
Then she joined Lowell
companions at an agricultural utopian community
in Redbank, New Jersey
for a year. Following her brief tenure at the
collective, she once
again returned to New Hampshire.