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Mason Cogswell To Mary Cogswell, October 12, 1809

From: Letters By Mason Cogswell
Creator: Mason F. Cogswell (author)
Date: October 12, 1809
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, Oct. 12th, 1809.


My dearest Mary: --


Both your letters I have received and they were both a cordial to me. Although I fully believed what would be the effect of the journey, yet it was delightful to me to have the assurance from your pen. I did not intend a mail should go without a line at least from me, but the day before yesterday was one of my horrible days. I had an awful operation to perform which took up the whole of the forenoon, broke my back --, and prevented me from doing almost anything else. The night after Mrs. Watson, who has a fine son and Mrs. Bennett, who has a fine daughter prevented me from sleeping. And last night I was almost exhausted. I slept well last night and am fresh again this morning.


Sally White is now the only remaining obstacle to my setting out. The poor woman heard I was going away and came down to Fanny, in trepidation to hear the worst of it. I called to see her yesterday and promised not to leave her. She cannot hold out long. She has already some intimations. Should she dismiss me I shall set out an Tuesday next, attend the convention at New Haven on Wednesday and Thursday, and be at Stamford on Friday. I shall let you know every mail.


Mr. and Mrs. Radcliff arrived at Mr. Hudson's on Friday last and left us on Monday. Henry and Nelson came here on Saturday, and set out yesterday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Silliman arrived last evening and go to-morrow.


Now then for ourselves. We are all well except Mr. Mercury; he has a blood spitting but is better. The blood specimens are elegantly preserved.


Old Mose, Lydia's mother, has just sent five dozen and a half of very fine peppers. All domestic matters seem to be going on very well without you. Lydia says I must tell you to say you are getting well, and that you must not send for me to make you worse. Nanny and Ruthy, manage charmingly and the children are all properly taken care of.


Alice has not refused to go to school once since you left us, and Mason trots about quite independently. He scolds a little now and then but on the whole is a nice boy.


I shall write again. My love to all who love me, and believe me most affectionately,


Your husband,


Mason F. Cogswell