VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
LETTER WRITTEN BY
MARY STILES PAUL1
Brattleboro2 Nov 6th 1853
I am getting
along in the shop as usual. Have been making coats for a few weeks.
I like it pretty well and am hoping to do better than on smaller jobs.
I have plenty to do
all the time.
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.