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Sunderland. June 25th/52.
My dear Friend,
One week ago, I met Lota Ward at a
singing school, who told me she had lately received a letter from
Mary-Ann, which contained something of a charge against me, for
not answering a letter which I had received some weeks or
perhaps I should say months ago. I only need say that I felt guilty
and thought I have excuses which are perfectly satisfactory to myself, they
might not be to you so I will not spend time nor room to
put them upon paper, for I expect that nine oclock will soon
call upon me to leave this for other duties.
I am engaged in teaching this summer in our own district,
the district have never had but one school in the summer till
this season, there being about sixty scholars to attend, they are put
into two schools. I have had twenty nine different scholars, between
the ages of seven and sixteen, and Fanny Prouty who has the younger
school has had thirty one different scholars, but hers being some
of them quite young are not very regular in attendance, so I
think my school will average more than hers. Fanny boards
at home, which makes quite a long walk for her to take
twice a day, yet she stands it very well, and neither of us
yet have lost a day through our schools are two thirds through.
my health has been better than usual thus far, this summer,
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Mary Montague was a teacher in Sunderland, Massachusetts when she wrote this letter to a friend in June, 1852. She was teaching summer school at the time and had twenty-nine scholars. Mary wrote of attending the Teachers' Institute in Deerfield in the spring (April) and felt that it was worthwhile. She also attended a Convention of teachers in Franklin County that she found instructive. Mary was reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at the time and felt that it was very well written.
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Letter from Teacher Mary Montague
| author Mary D. Montague (1834-1891)
| date Jun 25, 1852
| location Sunderland, Massachusetts
| width 7.75"
| height 10.0"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L04.019
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