Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 26, 1877

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Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 26, 1877






Lane, John Green




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Brompton (Fredericksburg, VA)

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Brompton 26th May 1877
My dearest wife,
My letter is dated May, but the weather would be much better suited to Octo(ber) or even Nov., yesterday morning the ther. was 43 this morning not quite so cold, by wearing my overcoat I got along without changing to my flannel. The [ ] & your absence made me pile on the bed clothes almost equal to your Winter supply.
I'm glad you were not at the Dep. in Alex. [ ] Mr Johns & Hally it enabled you to accomplish all you desired, the Bonnet for Lizzie arrived yesterday much to her delight, she has just borrowed my pencil "to drop you a note" and I presume will tell you of herself; Harry has spent his evenings at home and did not seem to do it grudgingly.
It has been so cold I could not spare the comforts & have done no house cleaning & I have notified Alcinda that she must get all of her own matters up this week that I was command the whole of her time next; Mrs. Stuckally has been here since you left every day, but I presume will finish to day, much of the time she has spent upon Harry's shirts-- I sent the two [ ] of but: [ ] Pink and made a good churning yesterday which Alcinda is now rendering into Prints. The asparagus has fallen off but I have sent down 2 or 3 bushels each morning (not very explicit). The roses are not blooming profusely, they do not open, by the way a request came here yesterday for white flowers for Mrs Myer's funeral, I was sorry I had nothing but much orange to send. Your 75 Tube roses, Joe has planted, very snugly in 33 boxes & placed them in the garden the smaller he has planted on the bed in garden, there were about 10 rows of them, closely planted like onions, you surely will abound in them. The verbenas from the violet frame have been planted in the front border. Alcinda has just brought in four prints of beautiful golden butter, & was when you left very apprehensive we should have to surrender the young heifer to her tricks, but she has simmered down some & Alcinda is now able to handle her cautiously, when the inflammation is out of her leg I hope she will be all right
I will enclose a letter I received from Sister Fanny yesterday. I have not seen Sister Ellen or George since you left us and have not been down town, until this morning before breakfast, when I went to market. I got a nice [ ] of lamb & I will, I think, have it for dinner tomorrow & ask George and some one else up, perhaps Charles
Now my dearest wife I could most sincerely give you lamentations over your absence more touching than Job ever put forth, but I refrain as I do want you to have a good time with our dear Daughter, whom I know is enjoying your visit, as will Mr Johns. Give some polite and complimentary [ ] to [ ] [ ] and [ ] Nottingham and to the Doctor and M. Parker. I'm going down town and will close when I return. The [ ] [ ] party sent over a small boy begging Lizzie to come, she rode to town with me and I came by the Spring & as there seemed two or three married Ladies draped in black to supervise them I let her get out with the understanding that she would return in 2 or 3 hours(.) you know it at the [ ] Spring atop the Hill. Called at Pink's, she was down town, I encountered her on the street & she told me to write you that I look terribly lonesome and blue; George told me [ ] had written him to have the remains of his little Girl sent by Express to St. Louis it will be done next week. The Bonnet and Trimming shops were crowded with country women this morn'g: anticipating summer. Dick & Shelly have not moved, but have moved all their household effects, except perhaps their chamber furniture, Dick said they had moved everything "except their bodies(.)"
I hope you did not take cold on the book, but from it was too cold, to enjoy the day at Hortrep Monroe I have your flower watered daily, the little chicks are doing, no grapes.
With devoted love to you all I’m ever yours

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Lane, John Green, “Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 26, 1877,” The Lane Family at Brompton, accessed February 23, 2019, http://lanefamily.umwarchives.org/items/show/18.