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Catalog Number 2016.02.0056
Object Name Letter
Date 1836
Title 1836 Oct 4 Amelia Mason to Margaretta Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Amelia Mason (New York, NY) to Margaretta Brown (Frankfort, KY). Amelia acknowledges Margaretta's previous letters to her husband, John Lefferts Mason. She discusses two accidents involving Mr. Knox and Mason. Amelia gives updates on family members, friends, and her church's activities. She sends lists of John Mitchell Mason's grandchildren's birth dates (except for Euphemia Knox's). Listed are the children of Amelia, Abraham Mason, Ebenezer Mason, and Erskine Mason.

[Transcription]

New York Oct. 4th 1836

Your letter my beloved aunt to my husband making inquiries about me has not been answered, as we took it for granted, that the day after you wrote it, you would have received one from me denying the report which has caused anxiety to many of my kind friends - I often think of it and feel more thankful for the use of my arms, then I otherwise should have done. Your letter of the 10th ult. [September 10th] was received and found us all comfortably fixed at home. The news that you gave of the birth of your grand child surprised me, and I thought it was not expected until winter. I hope both mother and child are doing well and that cousin Orlando has recovered-to both please present my congratulations -our several families are all [illegible] and in good health, although Mr. Knox and Mason have had narrow escapes-The former went to Gettysburgh for his children and when within 4 miles of the place just at twilight the stage (on the top of which he was) was thrown over a [illegible] of 8 or ten feet and he struck against a fence- his ankle was strained and one of his fingers injured so that is still crooked and probably will remain so- his foot is I believe quite well-Mason last summer was very anxious to ride a horse which was not well broken but was not allowed by his uncle but this summer he prevailed and the horse was brought to the door, he mounted, and immediately the horse reared on his hind legs, threw him off at some distance, and fell directly over and broke his own neck. Mason was mercifully preserved and with the exception of being stunned and frightened, escaped unhurt. Euphemia's youngest child I have just heard is quite sick. I hope it will not prove to be seriously so- Kate Viker has left school and is a member of our family for the present- I trust her love affair is broken up, and that she may make a suitable match in due time-She has been at commencement to day when Mason Knox obtained two silver medals-John commences his collegiate course tomorrow I hope he may acquit himself as honorably in his first year-The University holds its commencement on Friday. Cyrus Mason has been appointed professor of Ecclesiastical history in it-he has been obliged to give up preaching from an affection of the throat-I presume the waves of funds for foreign missions has reached you and that the wondrous circumstance has occurred that there are more ready to go than there is means to send - forty families or rather heads of families are awaiting to be sent. This was made known to the public at a meeting held in the Tabernacle on Wednesday last and a collection taken up when five thousand dollars - on Sunday last we took up a collection in our church, which amounted to seventeen hundred and forty dollars which with subsidy from and donations to that object, since we commenced nearly a year ago, amounts to about five thousand dollars-Our sessions have adopted the plan of taking up a collection the first Sabbath in every month from the different societies- This I think is a good plan as it brings the all in regular order before the congregation- Our new lecture room is finished and we expect to meet there tomorrow evening for the first time. It is a large building containing besides the lecture room a Sunday school room, Bible class, Infant school and a Study for our pastor. I expect Miss Lefferts [?] tomorrow to spend a fortnight on her way to the south where she intends spending the winter-she desired to be remembered when I wrote. Dr. Robertson's widow has soon followed him. She died last week of [illegible] infection - leaving one child, having lost her infant about two months since-Mrs Walsh expects to move into her new house on the square next week. Ms Wyckoff is well and expects to hear day after [illegible] to spend the winter with her. Webb is about the same as when you saw him-I have seen some of your other friends, having been fully occupied since my return home- Anna van Vechten has come to spend the winter with Helen Knox-- Ebenezer is well-fully or capable in taking care of his family-his children are well but his wife finds that nursing does not agree with her and is feeble-Oh that he would push his family to the Lord and be about his master's business- perhaps he would find they were better off- I mourn over talents so wasted.
I have obtained all the children's births except Mr Knox's and that is so arduous an undertaking I shall leave it for some of them to do -I told Mr. K of your wish - I shall commence with our own children I presume you mean those now living
John MitchellNov. 8.1821
Thomas MurrayDec. 21. 1824
Mary MurrayAug 19.1826
Anne LeffertsNov 21. 1829
EbenezerMay 24 1833
Amelia MurrayApril 30. 1833

[Written in vertical] 2. Deceased

Abraham's
Martha WeirNov 29. 1825
Anna LeffertsDec. 1. 1827
Sarah WeirAug 22. 1829
Margaret RosseveltDec. 3. 1831

[Written in vertical] 1. Dec.

Ebenezer's
JohnApril 8.1830
James WeirApril 22. 1836

[Written in vertical] 3. Dec.

Erskine's
Alison NisbitOct. 15th 1828
Anna LeffertsSept. 26. 1833


I have written this in some haste and at night so that if your eyes are not lined with reading this scrawl mine are with writing it .. my husband's foot has quickly recovered -he with the children desire to be affectionately remembered to you and our dear uncle Mason says "and cousin Orlando too" To all [illegible] remember me and believe me yours sincerely attach

Niece Amelia

[Address Block]
Mrs Margaretta Brown
care of John Brown Esq
Frankfort
Kentucky

[Postmark]
New York Oct 7


[Transcriber's Note: Amelia Mason was married to John Lefferts Mason, John Lefferts was the son of John Mitchell Mason. John Mitchell Mason's other children were Euphemia Knox, Abraham Mason, Ebenezer Mason, and Erskine Mason. Margaretta Brown must have asked for the birth dates of all of John Mitchell Mason's grandchildren. Amelia notes on the vertical side of each grouping how many children died. For example, she and John Lefferts had 2 die, while Abraham had 1 die, etc.]
People Amelia Mason
Margaretta Mason Brown
Euphemia Provoost Mason Knox
John Knox
John Lefferts Mason
John Mitchell Mason
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