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From Clementine Hay Wyman

Whippy Swamp, Melrose Plantation

Beaufort District, S. C.

To Her Husband's Sister in Massachusetts

Melrose, March 30, 1840

Dear Lucinda,Will you pardon my laziness in not writing you as soon as I reached home, I know you will dearest sister and therefore shall not begin my letter by making apologies but only promise to be a better correspondent in the future. I will only say that in consequence of my long absence from home my sewing work has accumulated so fast that I find very little employment for my fingers except in the use of thimble, needle or scissors.

We have Just returned from witnessing the nuptials of Dr. Hay which were duly solemnized on Thursday night the twenty first inst., it was quits a splendid party I assure you. I do not know that I ever saw a handsomer supper than we were invited to sit down to about ten o'clock. m e table was loaded with every delicacy, cakes of all sizes and shapes dressed in the most tasteful form and manner, tarts, puddings and pies, ham geese ducks and turkeys, with the usual accompaniments of jellies syllabub custards and floating islands, etc. mere have been a number of dinners and tea parties given in honor of the bride and groom. I however soon got tired of fun and frolick and returned home two days after the wedding. The Dr. brings his bride home the day after tomorrow, a long life and a prosperous one to the married couple. But Lucinda our greatest happiness now is in looking forward to the time when we shall be visited by our very dear northern friends.

We have no lofty hills -- dashing waterfalls - green pastures and beautiful villages which presented to our eyes the most delightful and varied pleasures- we shall not be able to introduce you to the arts in all perfection in which we witnessed their operation at the north in the manufactories -- But the habit of looking upon such objects and scenes from infancy may have rendered them less a matter of interest to you: than if you were to retire a while and lose yourself amongst our tall pines and extensive forests -- For the busy hum of the spindle and loom we can give you the natural music of our wild woods -- for the comfort everywhere spread before you at home we shall have to proffer you the good cheer and hearty welcome of warm and affectionate hearts the incense of kind feeling and the balm of southern skies over head; for the snowy carpet that is usually under your feet. We met with warm hearts in a high latitude, good cheer, happy firesides, elegant comforts; and a broad fine variegated scenery -- come and see us we will do the best we can in a southern latitude -- and when you do go home again, if we do but little to make you happy -- you can feast on the riches we did and which you leave behind with increased relish -- Say to good brother B. that Joel and myself will take no denial.

Tell the folks at Mothers that we hold them in their promise of visiting us and shall certainly expect Adeline David Harrison and Alfred. How much I envy you your sleigh rides to Princeton do remember me to each member of your father's family. Has Brother Ben still to chastise Miss Bancroft when skis refuses to go up hill. I expect through his good management and discipline she has become quite tractable -- Willie often speaks of Bens bay horse kicking up in Worcester and "mam Lucinda and me have for walk". He still remembers you with great affection and very often looks up in my face and asks, "if I don't want to see mam Lucinda at the norf". He remembers you perfectly. Dr. Wyman asked him the other day how you looked, he replied immediately, she wears a cap and me pull it off. Which you recollect he was in the habit of doing. Ben Frank has several teeth and tries very hard to talk he has learned to say Papa and Mama very prettily. Lala says I must tell you to kiss Uncle Ben and Grandmother for her and tell Uncle David that she wishes she could go to the carding machine and see him make tubs.

Do you visit Franklin and his lady often? What a delightful, neighborhood The Narrows are, how much I wish you were all out here, or that we had a place near you - say the Robins place - I believe I should prefer the latter plan if I could carry some of my southern friends with me, for to confess the truth I do not like home near so well as before visiting the north and Joel grumbles so much because I can not make saleratus bread as you all do. I have tried a number of times and spoiled it every time. Say to dear Adeline she must come next winter to learn sister Clem how to make bread for Joel -- remember me affectionately to dear Mother and say I will write her and Adeline next mail. Give our united love to all Brothers and Sisters and believe me Dear Lucinda to be your affectionate Sister.

C. Clementine Wyman



Letter From Clementine Hay

written to her husband


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