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1846 LETTER TO MISS ANNA QUAIL


Contributed by Judith A. Florian

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May 28th, "46 (1846)

Postmark May 29,

(To) Miss Anna Quail
Washington F. Sem.
Washington, Pa.

My Dearest Anna,

Tis true My Dearest Anna it has been a long time since I received your very welcome letter, and I am always ready to ?old? (hold? scold) (crossed out) my __________________ _____cannot read ________________________________________________ (???) for not writing, Anna this time forward to be quite negligent, 

but before I go farther, Anna I want to ask you not to scold me this time and in future I will try to do better. I expect Little (Ned?) (Ted?) will think I am I am never going to answer it for I got it the second week I came home also Esa? Thouson and Anna Steele have written to me, do _?__ Anna to live in hope I will write to her next and then Lizzie's time will come.

Now Anna for the news--- Well, Bess Warner? or Ralson? has been here two weeks during which time we went to the Theatre ______ (Mattinee??), and took walks together to talk of Old Times, if you believe she look (sic) more like a little girl than ever. And her husband I can't tell when I ever saw a man I liked so, he is all life--Now you had better think I had fun with him -- I nearly teased him to death with a miniature I had, he tried his best to see it--but he could not come it [sic]--- Also Betty Patten and Ginnie Patten were here and such a hateful set you never saw in your life, as to Betty Pacanone? I cant bear her she is two [sic] hateful to live, she thinks herself and pretty, beautiful, and that is enough to spoil any one.

Anna, you know the fellow I used to tease?? Betty Warner about he is my cousin(??) Asa
well he was married last Year? [sic=New Years?] day morning he is here spending his "Honey Moon" is [sic=his] wife is quite pretty. Also my Sister Lizzie is here, and last night to my sur-prise who should step in but Aunt Polly?I tell you I am nearly as happy as I do want to be, if "that one gentleman" by the name of Abram would step in, I would [be] perfectly happy. I expect Lizzie & myself will go home with Aunt Polly, for I have been going ever since
I have been home and Lizzie coming was the reason I did not go-- also by my Two Cousin's [sic] were here week before last so you can account for my not writing before, they went to Philadel-phia and stayed two weeks as it is the first time I have seen them in nearly two years the Eldest they call Mary is very pretty. I thought we would certainly have to [? pick? jump??] John over them because for he seemed to be pretty much smitten.

Now, I suppose for my (confidence???) ___, well Anna you have often heard me speak of David, well, he has propose [sic] and I have neither accepted nor rejected but I intend to do the latter [underlined] and I have [thrice ?] others beaux's but I don't think either of them will
come here unless I change very soon, and perhaps I may for I don't believe Abe cares much for me, I have written to him once since I came home , and I think when I get an answer I shall just put an end to our correspondence and take to myself another whom I think will be more worthy of my affections for when I do love (underlined) I know I do love (underlined). Oh! Anna "Din" asked me in his last ____ (paper) if he might write to me and I am going to tell him yes, to write just as much as he does wonts (underlined) He says he misses me very much and wishes I would come back [Litle? Lile?] May Johnson I have never received one paper from her (underlined) but I will send her one soon I have sent you a paper every (underlined) week (underlined) did you get them (looks maybe like question mark) and last week I sent you a comick (underlined) Almanack did you get it I also sent Lizzie Quail (underlined) or Alice (underlined) and (sic) Almanack do you please?? on the answers Anna, do (give) this my love to all.

Write soon
In haste M A Dix

 

The letter above contains the following names:

M A Dix - the letter writer

Miss Anna Quail - the receiver, located at the Washington Female Seminary, Washington, Pa.

Little (Ned?) (Ted?) -- someone MA Dix owed a letter to

 Esa? Thouson - someone MA Dix owed a letter to

Anna Steele - someone MA Dix owed a letter to 

Lizzie ____ - someone MA Dix owed a letter to

Bess Warner? or Ralson? - a married friend who visited the writer for 2 weeks ("she look (sic) more like a little girl than ever")

the husband of Bess Warner? or Ralson? - was a visitor also, with his wife

Betty Patten or Betty Pacanone? - visited the writer with Ginnie Patten ("such a hateful set you never saw in your life" .... "I cant bear her she is two [sic] hateful to live, she thinks herself and pretty, beautiful, and that is enough to spoil any one.")

Ginnie Patten - visited the writer with Betty Patten (" such a hateful set you never saw in your life".... )

Asa ___ - the writer's cousin; he married last year (1845) "wife is quite pretty"

my Sister Lizzie is here - the writer's sister

Aunt Polly? - the writer's aunt

Abram ___ - the writer's love interest

my Two Cousin's [sic], the Eldest they call Mary is very pretty - visited the writer

John - he seemed to be pretty much smitten (over the Two Cousin's)

David - he proposed to the writer

 [sic] and I have neither accepted nor rejected but I intend to do the latter [underlined] and I have [thrice ?] others beaux's but I don't think either of them will
come here unless I change very soon, and perhaps I may for 

Abe - another of the writer's beaux's  (I don't believe he cares much for me)

 "Din" (asked me in his last ____ (paper) if he might write to me and I am going to tell him yes) 

 [Litle? Lile?] May Johnson - writer has not heard from her

Lizzie Quail  - writer sent her an "Almanack"

Alice ___  - writer sent her an " Almanack"

 

 

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