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Mason Cogswell To Alice Cogswell, May 9, 1829

From: Letters By Mason Cogswell
Creator: Mason F. Cogswell (author)
Date: May 9, 1829
Publication: Father and Daughter: A Collection of Cogswell Family Letters and Diaries (1772-1830)
Publisher: American School for the Deaf
Source: Yale Medical Library

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Hartford, May 31st, 1823


To Miss Mary A. Cogswell


C/O Peter W. Radcliffe,


New York


My dear Daughter, --


I have just returned frorn Church. Mr. Brace, nephew to the Deacon, preached this afternoon and would have done pretty well if the Yankee in his pronunciation had not tried to be Southern.


Well, what to say I know not. I write so few letters that my hand is quite out, and Mama I presume has informed you of whatever has transpired worthy of your notice. We are solitary enough without you, you may rest assured. At our meals the little square table and that not half filled.


Alice has been a charming girl helping her Mannna in many things and occasionally riding out with me but she will be taken from us on the morrow as she commences her school again for the summer, and only Catherine and Mason to help us; and from your last, I don't see that you are ever like to come home again. A fortnight at Paterson, a week at Aunt Stephens and how long at Great Neck, Lloyds' Neck, I know not, and then Mr. Radcliffe's for three weeks permission. Mercy on you, you will recover at home. I must leave this affair for your mother to manage. It is too weighty for me.


Now and then a beau pops in just to know when we expect the girls home, especially H. and Tom. The former two or three evenings since you have been gone. Jack has been very good and comes about every evening.


I was very much gratified to hear of your being about to visit Stamford. I hope your visit was a pleasant one, hope, indeed. I know it could not be otherwise.


To all my Particulars remember me particularly. You know who they are. To any others just what you please to say. To name them I cannot, my paper would not hold them. But to yourselves, I say, once for all, you are very dear to your affectionate parent,


Mason F. Cogswell