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you must go back to school on the 14th, for I want you to go back the same day I do, I received a letter from Ginnie a few day[s] ago she is well and enjoying herself very much she said that my little niece Allie was sick so I am very anxious to hear from her again, I met Pattie Elicott on the street when I was in Frederick, she looks very well,
From your true friend, Alice
August 25th 1857
My own dear Emma,
I have seated myself this beautiful morning for the purpose of answering your very acceptable letter which was received ten days ago, you particularly requested me to answer immediately, I shall try and do it to the best of my abilities, I did [intend] to have answered your letter last week, but I was visiting about and was so busy that I had not time.
I suppose you have [heard] that Mr. John Trundle was married to Miss Martha Plummer, the 18th of this
month, they were married nine O’clock in the morning, they only invited their very near relations to the marriage, but the whole neighborhood had an invitation to the wedding supper Father, Sister, Sallie and myself and also gentleman named Mr. [Ijanns?] from Baltimore went over together, the bride looked very nice, you have seen her have you not? Half past eight all the ladies went in to supper, I tell you the table looked elegant they had every thing very nice, I ate a very hearty [sic] supper, before and after supper they had cakes and wine & lemonade handed round, Miss Cashier and Mr. David Jones were the first bridesmaid and groomsman, and Miss Sallie Trundle & Mr. Grafton Plummer the last, I tell you I enjoyed myself so much, I had a great deal of fun, I saw so many person[s] I knew, we got home that night about one.
I expect to day you are enjoying yourself at the Camp meeting I wanted to come down on Sunday so badly, for I knew if I had went I would have seen so many of my schoolmates and, I wanted to see you and Alice so badly, our Camp meeting commences the 4th of September, nothing would give me more pleasure, then [sic] to have you to come up and stay with me during our Camp meeting we would go every day. Can you come?
before I go any further, I must ask you please to excuse the scratches [sic] on this paper, I went out the room a minute, and while I was gone a little black girl came in here, and scratched [sic] over my letter, I would get another sheet but have not time to write another letter before the mail goes, I went to Frederick to a Tournament last Friday, the first one I ever went to; I went in with Alice Chiswell, her and I had fine times together, all day there was about sixteen or eighteen knights rode, the knight that took the ring off the oftenest had the honor of crowning the Queen, I was saw [sic] the Queen and her three maids of honor, all four of them had on very pretty
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Alice Jones sends her love to you, and say[s] you write to her as you promise
wreaths, they had a band of music and it played some very pretty tunes, they played Ellen Bayne and it sounded so sweet, Fint[?] Snouffer was one of the knights, I plague [d] Alice C. and told her if he had been successful he would have crowned her Queen, it was to break [sic] up Friday night with a grand ball, but we did not stay. Two weeks ago this very day I went up to Mr. Jones to spend the evening, on my return [sic] home, who should I meet but Eliza Mead and Mr. Dorsey Water I was very much surprised, I knew him as soon as I laid my eyes on him, I wonder what Maria H. would say if she heard it, that, we all plague Eliza M. about him.
I must close please excuse this badly written letter, as I wrote it in a hurry, please write to me soon and also a long letter, you don't write me long letter[s] like I do you, Goodbye dearest write very soon to your friend as ever
|Title||Letter: Alice Cunningham to Emma Jones, August 25, 1857|
Fair Hill Boarding School
Jones, Emma, 1837-1926
|Description||Letter from Alice Cunningham to Emma Jones. Alice writes this letter in response to a letter she received from Emma. In particular Alice describes the events of the recent marriage of a Miss Martha Plummer to a Mr. John Trundle. She also talks about a Tournament that she attended in Frederick and a camp meeting that Emma attended.|
|Publisher (Electronic Version)||
Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program
Montgomery County Historical Society
|Format||Digital reproduction of 4-page document, 19 x 15 cm.|
|Source||Jane C. Sween Research Library|
Is Part Of the Fair Hill Boarding School Letters
Is Part Of the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program
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