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Catalog Number 2007.01.0003
Object Name Letter
Date 1809
Title 1809 Sept 15 Margaretta Mason Brown to Euphemia Mason
Scope & Content Letter from Margaretta Mason Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Euphemia Provoost Mason (New York, NY). Euphemia Mason was Margaretta's niece in New York. The letter describes receiving a package from Euphemia Mason which includes a doll for Margaretta's daughter, also named Euphemia. Margaretta speaks of her daughter Euphemia singing all day long and about her son Mason receiving two prizes for writing. Margaretta suggests healing waters to relieve Euphemia Mason's grandmother's liver ailments.

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Frankfort 15th Sept 1809

My Dear Euphemia,

On returning yesterday from Woodford I found the packet which you had sent by Mr. McChord. It arrived one week ago in Lexington, but was never sent here until a few days ago - probably Mr. McChord forgot to forward it, as he is just married, and had other matters to think about. My little folks are all delightful with their presents. Euphemia actually screamed with joy when she saw the doll, and could scarcely contain herself while I was unwrapping it. Her Ladyship arrived in perfect order, and the books have sustained no injury. I have had a very pleasant excursion into the country; and Mrs. Beckley was much pleased with her jaunt. I think my health is improved by the trip.

I am sorry, very sorry indeed that your dear Grandmama continues to be afflicted with a pain in her side. Has she ever tried the effect of medicinal waters? I have known many liver complaints entirely removed by drinking the salt magnesia sulphur water at Harrodsburg; and letters as bad as that on your Mama's hand have been healed by the same spring. There are undoubtedly waters of the same description in the State of N. York, and they would be worth trying.

Mrs. Beckley, Mr. Brown's, and the children enjoy excellent health. Euphemia is in charming spirits. She sings from morning till night, and has several little songs by heart. I took her with me into the country. Mr. B & they boys remained at home.

Adieu my dear Euphemia. Give my best love to your dear Parents & Grandmama

Affectly Your's

Margaretta Brown
Turn over -

Mason has just come home, jumping and capering about, in consequence of obtaining the prise for writing - twice in succession.

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1809 Brown Margaretta
Sept 15
Frankfort
Sept. 16th25

Miss Euphemia P. Mason
Pine Street
New York
People Euphemia Provoost Mason Knox
Margaretta Mason Brown
John Brown
Euphemia Helen Brown
James McChord
Maria Beckley
Search Terms Toys
Books
Healing
Health
Medicine
Travel
Postal service
Dolls