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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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