Stone Gunn, Caroline 1831
 
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
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WRIITEN BY CAROLINE STONE GUNN1
TO MATHIAS AND JUDITH STONE2
 
Montague3                  november
Franklin                       the 17 1831

Dear Parents

I now take pen in hand once more to address you, the
best of parents, time nor distance cannot efface
you from my memory you are still dear to
your unworthy daughter I had the pleasure
of hearing from you by Mr Goodale I was
glad to hear that you ware all well & understand
that Hannah4 has gone to the factory to work
I am very sorry she should be so venturesome
as to go so far alone, and not being acquainted
with the' place of buisness I am sure she will not
stay long for they are very strict with them
especialy on the Sabath day and they ought to be
where there are so many perhaps it will be a good
school to her I guess she will no how to prise
her home now better then she ever did before
I hope you will not let it give you trouble
for I have caused you enough alredy but I
always meant to obey my Parents
as far as I could reasonably.

  1 Caroline Stone b: Caroline Stone b: 29 Nov 1804, Cabot, VT; 
      parents Mathias Stone and Judith Bangs; married Asahel 
      Gunn b: 9 Feb 1800, Wendell, MA.
  2 Parents Mathias Stone b: 13 Oct 1768, MA d: 21 Feb 1851, 
      VT; married 1791: Judith Fox Bangs christened: 13 Mar 1774, 
      Hardwick, MA.
  3 Montague, Massachusetts.
  4 Hannah Stone b: 10 Nov 1809, Cabot, VT.
 
 
Brother Lyman5 came here and made me a
good visit I was glad enough to see him I'll
warrant you, and I expect he has made you
one before now for I understood Mr. [----] the
was there when he came away Brother [----] appears
to enjoy himself very well I think that he is 
doing very well in winsor But I should be
glad if I could have him nearer to me if it would
be as well for him

I was glad to hear that sister Huldah's6 health is
better I hope she will be careful of her health in
future tell her to be a good girl and be
kind to her parents for she may one day be
deprived of them as I now am and then she will
think of me

I was in hope i should see some of you down here
this fall, how I wish Brother [----] and his wife
would come and see me it seemes as if
they might if they tried hard enough well
if they wont come and see me I will come
and see them if I live till another fall
and nothing hapens and fetch my great
boy up to see you he is 4 montht old
and he begins to stand alone he is a fine 
play thing for Grandpa and Grandma
for they live with us now since we sold a part
of the farm, tell Brother [----] and Sister [----]
that they must not be discouredg because they
had such bad luck when they came here

  5 Brother Lyman Stone b: 10 Jan 1806, Cabot, VT 
      d: 1 Jul 1856, Montpelier, VT.
  6 Sister Huldah J. Stone b: 30 Nov 1815, Cabot, VT 
      d: 24 Feb 1889, Royalton, VT; 1840s Lowell labor leader; 
      married 1850: Rev. George Severance b: 1820, NH.
 
 
I hope I shall be at home when they come agi
I want to see them very much I am expecting
Matthias down here this winter tell him he
had better come the first of December and
chop wood he can have chopping enough
to do for 30 cents a cord 3 foot wood 96 ft for a cord and
have his cash down, and Board himself
he can Board heare and ride back and forward
to work. for [----] has taken four hundred
cord of wood to draw to' the river of the same
man that wants it choped, but if you
come to chop we will want you the first of
December on [----] of hireing hand,
if you cant come [----] if you want
to work out this winter you can get work
chopping else where, you must all come
and see me as soon as you can Sister Huldah
had better come down here and spend the winter
Give my love to all my Brothers and Sisters
tell them they are not forgotten by me
it is late at night and I must bid you
good night

Good morning my dear friends, we are all
well this morning and I am in greate haste
for mr, Goodale is here awaiting for my letter 
I dont now but he and [----] will 
make a [----] of it yet for I guess he tries
hard enough, [----] says she should like
it rite well to have Matthias come down
here and take a job of choping he is in a hurry
this morning and can't write, he sends
his love to you all, you must write
often and long letters for a letter is next
to seeing you Give my love to alfred and 
Malinda and the rest of the family.

I guess you will be tired of reading
this so i will draw to a close by wishing
you all health and prosperity through
life this from your unworthy but
loving daughter
 
 
Huldah Stone Poem, 1831

How can I go from my loved home
Where every scene is dear to me
To foreign climes how can I now roam
Where none will speak on breathe of the
All may be gay and bright and fair
But ahi Huldah will not be there
When as I seek that classic shore
Where glory, smouldering ruins expire
To scan proud gracious mystic lore
Amid the temples of dead
In those musing hours
for Huldah will not be there

Caroline gunn
 

[on cover]

Matthias and Judith Stone
Cabot VT

Cabot Sept.8, 1833

Dear Brother I now take my long
silent pen to address an absent but
not forgotten friend. having a chance to
send I could not resist my desire of
of writing a few of my scattered thoughts
to you. My health is not very good at
the present time but think it will be soon
as to my mind it is very clear chief of
the time

Cabot April
Dear friend

 

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