Letter, 24 Mar. 1839 (Edgefield, S.C.), from| Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Front Page 2008 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
E.H. Preston to Mary Ann Hitchcock
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Letter, 24 March 1839, from E.H. Preston, in Edgefield, S.C., to Mary Ann Hitchcock, in Hitchcocksville, Connecticut, explains that Mrs. Preston had not written earlier since she had not known whether to address her letter to Mrs. Hitchcock to Cazenovia, New York, or Hartford or Hitchcocksville, Connecticut, and further congratulates Mrs. Hitchcock on the birth of a second son. | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Mrs. Preston reports that she was “engaged in a small school in Edgefield Dist. S.C.” with nine students. She was boarding with the family of Benjamin Gallman, a wealthy planter, “who has been very kind to me together with all the family.” Mrs. Gallman had asked Mrs. Preston to express her love and best wishes to Mrs. Hitchcock, although the two had never met, and “she says I must tell you that I am not half so bad off as you suppose, for that I am ‘right here in a yankee town, surrounded by my friends, and if I would suffer them that they would fairly worship me.’”
The letter speaks further of the generosity of the Gallman family in providing for her needs. Mrs. Preston expected to be in Connecticut by the middle of May or first of June. Among other Northern correspondents mentioned is a man identified only as Dow who had given up the mercantile business and was “manufacturing cabinet furniture at Spencer Huggins’ old stand.”
Mary Ann Preston Hitchcock was the second wife of Lambert Hitchcock (1795-1852). Presumably she and E.H. Preston were sisters-in-law. The letter mentions Mr. Preston but does not identify him by given name.