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Dear Brother Deerfield Feb 11th 1785
your kind favor of yc the 4th instant
had been duly received, assure you it met
with a hearty welcome, had long been anxious
to hear from you, and want of opportunity
the only reason yt I have not wrote to you-
donít know why you should think of it "would
be more agreeable to me to write to someone
not so nearly connected by natures ties" have
not wrote to nay one since you left Dfd till
this week, and I never omit scrolling a few lines
to you every time I have a Conveyance &
wish you to do the same
it is probable yt you will before the
reception of this, see our sister (who is in
your Neighborhood.) and be informed by her
of all affairs relative to the health and
happiness of our friends in a much more
agreeable manner than by me should I
attempt it shall therefore omit it-
I donít know what to tell you with regard
to Stephen. we are trying to look & settle
our old accounts, get along pretty slow and
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William Stoddard Williams' unmarried sister, Cynthia writes him a letter in answer to his of the week before in February, 1785. He is practicing medicine, his first job, in Richmond, Massachusetts, and she and her sister, Martha (Patty), live at home with their widowed mother and their three younger brothers in Deerfield. Cynthia is literate, as most young women were in the 18th century. She speaks of their cloth at "the Mill" and the fact that the Mill is not presently operating so they are in short supply for material for clothing. Problems with "collecting money" are mentioned and Cynthia poignantly expresses her view of life when she states that she hopes he will get on "without suffering" and that she begins to think "that is all we are ever to expect."
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Letter from Cynthia Williams to brother William Stoddard Williams
| author Cynthia Williams (1750-1828)
| date Feb 11, 1785
| location Deerfield, Massachusetts
| height 7.5"
| width 12.0"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L99.028
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