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|To City:||South Easton|
|Addressee:||Miss Catharine McKie|
|Qty of #1:||1.0|
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5c Red Brown (1). Clear margins to just in at top, tied by well-struck blue "Troy N.Y. Mar. 4" circular datestamp on blue cover to South Easton N.Y., fresh and Fine
Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale 933 Lot 203 realized 275
Not listed in Alexander
Cover dated Mar 4, 1850. Starting in March 1850, the letters to Miss Catharine McKie were no longer docketed. She married Francis Thayer on April 30, 1850.
From The Family Letters, pp 145-146
Troy, March 3rd, 1850, Sabbath evening, 1/2 past 6 o'clock.
My own dearest Kitty” You must excuse me from writing a long letter this eve for I am in duty bound to go down to the Troy House to see Mr. & Mrs. Ball who have been here since Friday and I never knew it until this P.M. when coming home from church¦ Let me remind you that it is now March” the first month of spring. And what does this bring to mind” why the most delightful thought and prospect of the season, this, that the last of April is near at hand when I hope to claim you as the wife of my bosom.
Now Kate, do not start back and feel horrified when I talk about our getting married¦ I ask you my dearest girl if there ever will be a more favorable time than this spring. I know and feel that your home and home friends are very near and dear to you and it will be hard indeed for you to leave them. But do you not know that there is one who loves you with his whole heart and soul, and here I tell you that it will ever be his highest aim to make you happy. You have known him and loved him for years and have all the confidence in the world in him. You should bear in mind that you are not to be removed far from home and your dear good kind Mother¦ Yesterday I met Mrs. Stowe in the street and she asked me when I was going to be married. She said she had a particular reason for making the inquiry, said she must know just two weeks before the time. I told her I couldn't give her any information on so delicate a subject. Perhaps you can give her the desired information. I have no objections 'tho I wish you would tell me first¦ I have heard two good sermons today. I suppose you have heard one from the Boy at the Bridge. It is high time for me to close, so Good-night my darling Kitty. Love to your Mother. God bless you and your own Frank.
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