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SANBORNTON B DGE, NH
U.S. postage stamp, Scott #11:
Mrs. James Hobbs
East Sanbornton N. H.
April 16th 1856
My Dear Mother
It seems a very
time I heard from home not one jot or tillle
since Town Meeting. I have hoped to get a line from some of you but none has appeared.
I should have expected to have seen somebody from Hard Scrabble had the
traveling been better. The streets are nearly dry here now. Last week was rather an
exciting week with us. Tuesday Eve a negro lecturer at the brick church on anti
slavery -- a company of border ruffians, the inmates of our rum shops here,
congregated in the entry and disturbed the meeting, and the lecturer on his
way back to the hotel was knocked down & almost divested of his garments --
some of the students who took his part or attempted to -- received several
blows. Lizzie & I did not go -- Col went alone. The next evening the ladies
had a public meeting at the Sem. The same drunken mob assembled, threw stones
through the windows, made strange noises &c. -- about thirty of the students
rushed out all in a body and put them to flight; but they returned & filled
every outside door -- the ladies remained about an hour before they venture
out & then accompanied by gentlemen. I never more frightened in my life.
I got home safe however between Col and Mr. Hunt on the other. -- Dont
go to Kansas to see border ruffians, we have a plenty such here.
The citizens however are having indignation meetings & are determined to put
an end to rum selling here -- for there would be no such villains were it not for
that accursed drink. -- Mrs. Pillsbury little daughter aged 10 years died Sunday
last with the Scarlet fever -- her sister is sick also with the same -- but
I believe not dangerous. Mrs. Dea. Morrill died with consumption last Saturday
also -- a Mrs. Curry (lived in the Seven Nations) died a apoplectic fit making
three dead at one time. Today a gentleman from Rhode Island came here and
purchased a horse for $125 -- He hitched him at Mr. Forrests store
for a short time and when he unloosed him, he took fright at something,
jumped forward, fell & broke his skull -- So went the $125 -- I guess
Ill not tell any more calamities and in fact I think of no more
just now -- Our term closes next Wednesday morning -- I shall go up in
the first train the same day. I am well and prospering well. There seems
to a fair prospect for school next term -- the school will continue in the
Sem. The Meeting house is going on finely -- They are also hauling the
foundation for the new Sem. There will be only we three teachers next
term. I more than half wish I could rest this Summer -- but I
dont know how I am. Susan Sargent has gone out west, got
there safe and likes well. I have received two papers from Edwin
recently. How do you all do -- Are you well. Did you fast last
Thursday -- We did a we had a sort of picked up dinner. Noting but
Oysters, Chicken, bread, dough nuts -- pudding & two kinds of pies.
Where is Caroline Burleigh now. Do you think she would suit Mrs.
Fletcher for a girl to wash, iron, sweep &c -- she says she cannot
keep us next term unless she can get good help. She is not very well
and is tired doing all her work alone -- She has sent to a girl but
has received now answer -- I should see you soon I hope so. Ill
not scribble any more.