Gardiner: 1811.  pp. Bifolium with integral address. 6 x 7.5 inches. Very good, edgewear, small tears along the folds and one tear along inner margin, not affecting text, scattered soiling and ink bleed through. Item #44234
August 19, 1811, Gardiner Massachusetts, Catherine Fuller to Mary Woodberry of Ipswich. Good example of a letter between young women friends.
"Worthy creature, it is a long time since I had an opportunity of writing to you, but I am now amusing myself a few minutes, but I don't know whether you will ever peruse this. I haventhe happiness to receive a letter from you, Mrs Dennis brought it. You can't think how much pleasure it gave me, although it was but a few lines. If it had been but a few words, it would have been excepted by one who is still your friend and wished ever to be considered as such. you informed me you with your friends were in good health and that each of us ought to consider as the greatest blessing we can enjoy while in this world, but how apt many of us are to forget how uncertain it is. I will tell you, that I am very lonesome and have been ever since Hannah went away and if she remains how I long to see her. I think she would come home as son as she could. I have not enjoyed my health very well this summer , but I am much better now than I have been since Hannah left home
I have had some thoughts of coming to Ipswich this fall, but I conclude now that I shall not, for Hannah is not home now, and I don't expect she will come home time enough . I think it would do me good to cross the salt water , but marm says she won't give her consent for me to come without there is some person that I am appointed with to come with me, for she says it is not prudent, but believe it is time for to think about leaving off or it is so dark that can scarcely see the family are enjoying a tolerable share of health. The children have the [w]hooping cough, but not very bad. Remember me to your parents and grandmom and other inquiring friends. D go and see grandmamn and tell her that her children are well and remember their love to her. Do write every opportunity
I conclude you a real friend."