Dr. C.G.P

Rye, February 5, 1837, Sunday

Dear Brother,
I presume you can easily recognize the
handwriting of your old correspondent. Many months have
elapsed since we conversed by letter, but I hope to recommence,
and if my health continues to improve, shall again write you.
I have long been thinking of writing but delayed it,
for my head and eyes are very weak yet. Reading or
sewing hurts them very much, causes a drawing and acking
feeling in my eyes and forehead. Sitting in the light too
much makes them ache. I feel best when stirring round
about housework in a moderate way. I am at Father's
now, have been here a few days. Jon Charles is with me.
I shall go home this Afternoon, I take much comfort
in coming home, few days at a time. Warren is here
now but will go to Hampton tomorrow. We often
wish for you and John, but must wait with patience,
till "other days shall come".
Brother Charles, with what pleasure would you come
home if you could have the privilege, and spend a
little time with us, but I hope you will have your
health, be prosperous in business, and soon be able to
come and settle near home. Joseph Dalton and Hannah
live in the family with us now, their little girl, Emily,
has been very sick but is getting better. I must have
this letter for Abby to finish as my eyes begin to
acke some. I shall try to write a little at a time
and get a letter to send you in the Spring.
Write to Abby and she must write to you.
Charles, be careful of your health, retire in season.
Joseph's health is good. and
Jon Charles is a large boy, goes to School. Your affectionate Sister

Emily P. Brown

February 10, 1837

Dear Brother
Your letter of Jany 1st was duly re
ceived, and was read with no common degree of interest
I assure you - We have also received a letter from
William not long since who had arrived at Mobile
but probably is now on his way to England.
He sailed from Portsmouth in the new ship, Isaac
Newton with Captain William Rice a brother to Isaac's wife.

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My brothers are very desirous that I should have a good educa
tion, but my advantages are not great while at home.
At present I am attending a writing school kept
by Mr. Thomas Rand. the number of scholars is about 25.
We are glad to hear that you think about - -
returning to your native home. Mother says you must
be careful of your health & provide suitable clothing for
yourself, as Doctors are called upon by night & day.
Your old friend Jonathon French has returned home.
I saw him last fall at Hampton & was informed that
he had been teaching school at Canada.
Warren is now at Hampton Academy & Thomas Ira
is going next week. &c farther wishes to write I must
conclude. Your affectionate Sister
Abby Parsons

Feb 12, Brother Chs,
Having perused the foregoing I cannot forbear the pleasure
of adding a few lines - You will recollect that Jeremiah
Brown and Eliza Ann Walker have long been thinking
uniting their interests, but about three months since
they concluded their interests were different and therefore
dissolved - Jeremiah is now paying attention to a
lady at Hampton Falls & expects to be married this
Spring - Of Eliza Ann I can say nothing at present. I have
retired from public life and am now one of the dear people
and as such expect to remain. Mr. Leighton the editor of the
New Hampshire Gazette is in nomination as my success -
Who will be our next Representative is quite uncertain and
of our future town officers I am in the dark but soon
after our town meeting I will endeavor to find
time to give you a history of town affairs- John we
have not heard from for some time and we believe him
to be under the same dumb influence which you were
for about nine months last year - You should write
us at least every two months and if any think occurs at
home which may be interesting to you we shall not fail
to write - I hope you will never have such another
fit of forgetfulness of friends who are ever happy to hear
from you - Eliza says she is still able to make a few mince
pies and that it would add to the flavour to have you
aid in dissecting them - William carried away a few
with him and he spoke well of them in his letter
written at Mobile - William will write you from there
and may perhaps direct to the same post office which
we have heretofore sent our letters - perhaps you
had better send there if you should an opportunity
Yours with affection T.J. Parsons
Dear Son, February the 15, 1837 You will see that four of us have been employed that we all feel anxious and are very desirous that health and prosperity may be your fortune so that you will soon leave that sickly place and return to the land of your nativity where you can enjoy the company of your connexions and friends. It affords us much pleasure that we converse with you on paper and convey our thought and wishes tho three or four thousand miles apart. I am glad to hear that your health has been continued to you the year past and that you have been more prosperous than hereto fore -I cannot omit of giving you my advice to return home before it is too late Your health and life is of more value than property and I would not harbour the idea of making my future residence in that sickly Country, but return soon - You know that an experienced Physician can live comfortably here to the North if he does not grow rich he can make a good living by prudence and attention to his pro fession - I believe you would enjoy your-self in the Army or Navy as you would were you [----?]. The last letter from John I believe was in September last I do not know how to account for his long silence for when he wrote his last letter to [----?] us he should leave Baltimore to Philadelphia and should write home soon You see by his long forgetfulness of home causes us to be uneasy and anxious about him as we were about you - when one is absent he should write home every month or two wither he receives a letter from home or not for if one is sick or dies at home there is others to give the intelligence not so with those that are absent if he is sick or any accident happens no one perhaps will give the intelligence to his connexions. - In your last letter you state that you might send home some money, if you have any to spare I should recommend you to send it home I will loan it in your name for you your benefit so that you shall have it when you return; if loaned here it will be safe if loaned there it may not be safe. A physician must collect his debts every year it will be better for him and they will be more ready to pay the first year than the second and it lays three years they will not pay at all I remain your affection Farther J.W. Parsons