Caroline (Parmele) Cole
Henry, Joel, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John
This letter was written in the 1835 by Caroline in Albany, N.Y., to her brother, Francis Burdette Parmele, who was attending school in Utica, Ohio.

  Albany, Oct. 20, 1835

Dear Brother,

I received your letter yesterday, I almost began to think that you did not intend to write to me any more yet I persuaded myself that you was waiting for me to get home which you say was the case, but you waited to long. I have been home 4 weeks last Sunday and I can assure you that I have waited very impatiently for a letter from you. I expect you wish to hear something about Aunt Violet. She is very pleasantly situated; everything in abundance lives in style, visits in the first Society, and is the first in the fashion and can scour and clean (and scold) as well as ever. In fact, it is Aunt Violet yet. I had [a] pleasant journey. Spent my time pleasantly and recovered my health. I made a long visit. I was gone from home almost six weeks. Aunt says you must make her a long visit when you come to Albany. Dear Brother it is a long time to look forward a year before you will make us a visit but the next year will in all probability pass as soon the last, unless marked by severe sickness or some other unforeseen misfortune but I hope such may not be our lot, but that we may all meet in health and happiness. Aunt Betsey and I visited to Mr. Whitney yesterday. They have moved on the opposite side of Washington St., the first door south of Gourlys. Their family is well. I do not know that there is any prospect of a wedding yet. Mary Ann is in excellent spirits; she says she must Marry a young fellow of her acquaintance ...

... that is going to Cincinata because she likes to travel. I write this nonsense because I do not know what its to say. I had almost forgotten to tell you that she says she must see you for a certain promise as it is fashionable and she does not like to be out different from every one else. You may know from what I write that she has not lost any of usual flow of spirits.

As for Mariah, I do not know much about her; she has gone to Troy and set up business there for that reason I cannot ---- answer your question. If mischief is brewing we Albanians are not much the wiser that I have heard some hints about a Mr. Hyman, but whether there is any foundation for them or not I cannot say. You do not say anything about Henry in your letters. Is he in Utica or not? What business has Foster gone into in Newark; what kind of a living does he make? I fear that Arilla is not very desireably situated from the fact of their moving about from place to place as they do. George and Ann Maria have lost their youngest children. They were both buried the same day, about six weeks ago. We cannot mourn for them. I consider it a mercy that they were taken so young. George's child has always been sickly. Our friends in Troy and here are all well. I have told you all the news that I know of. As for Fred and his intended, I do not know anything about them but I expect that you do ----. I intend to write to Susan in a few days. I shall direct her letter your care and you must forward it to her. Aunt Violet received Susan's letter that she wrote to her and she promised me that she would answer it as soon as I left for then she would be very lonesome and that would pass away time. She is not fond of writing and for an excuse says she does not have any time. You cannot complain about this letter for I have given ...


... you all the news that I know and have written a great deal of nonsense. Perhaps you will complain of that. If you do I will promise to do better for the future. Do answer this immediately for it appears after reading a letter from you as though I had almost seen you. What a pleasure it gives to receive letters from those that we love. It reminds us of moments that we have spent together that have pass[ed] unnoticed and would not have been recalled if we had not been separated as long as we [are] so far from each other. I hope that you will not neglect writing to me. Let not time or absence make you forget your Sister


Aunt Betsey is well, it would do you good to see her. I do not remember of ever seeing her so fleshy as she is this ---. Yours, F. C. Cole

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