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"The Homestead" Deerfield
24th April 54

How do you like the name I think of giving
to our new abode, my dear Stevy? It will be
as much of a homestead, I suppose, as we shall
ever possess and when I have once received
my absent ones under its roof. I shall feel
that it is a very pleasant one. Millie is to
come in May, I hope & then I shall only
want you to complete the circle. Yesterday I
recd your last presious letter, with its kind
wishes & messages for us all - for whish I thank
you very mush. I have indulged the hope,
from the tone of all your late letters that you
were in rather better spirits than you have been
previously & this has been very cheering to me.

And I am very glad also that there is a
prospect of escape from Yellow Fever at Rio.

It is just a week ago today that we came
to Deerfield, in as hard a snowstorm as we
have had all winter. We came in the cars
3 miles from Greenfield, where we had been
boarding for ten days at the Hotel. When we

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Stephen Higginson (1808-1870) and his wife Agnes (1810-1888) moved their large family to Deerfield, Massachusetts, in April, 1854. They arrived in a blinding snowstorm, having traveled in an open sleigh after taking the train from Greenfield. Agnes wrote this letter to her son, Stephen Higginson III, a week later. The winter weather of New England must have seemed far away to Stephen as he wintered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Letter to Stephen Higginson III from his mother Agnes Gordon Cochran Higginson

artist   Agnes Gordon Cochrane Higginson (1810-1888)
date   Apr 24, 1854
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   8.5"
width   13.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L00.065

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