Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno, May 25, 1805
May 25, 1805
My Dear Friend,
Your silence and --- departure for Albany has created some alarm about our dear Caroline whose ---- I suppose the occasion of Elisa's unexpected Journey. Rachel has written to Harriet but it will take so long before she can receive information from there that I must importune you again my love to --- our anxiety and in doing so I feel reluctance because I know your heart is so tenderly interested that it must experience pain from the idea of the --- danger. Yours however is not a common mind, to be startled at an inquiry arising from solitude and total ignorance of her situation. Matilda tells us she has not received a letter for a week ---- poor girl! She was sadly disappointed to hear her father would not be here in this month but she has again her spirits. She went with us to the theater on Wednesday evening and spent yesterday at Mrs. Merediths. Her cold has quite left her and her appetite returned. Catharine Hammond is a sweet little girl, agreeable, intelligent and appears very amiable. They are much attached to each other and both seem much in favor with Miss. Guland whose friendship is we doubt procures them any --- -- in the school. They often walk out with her in the afternoon -
What has become of Ann? Her sister complains of her not writing—is she still in the country? I was nursing a little babe yesterday about the age of yours and fancied the whole time—it must be very like her—you cannot imagine how much I want to see her—unless you have a friend you love as much as I do you, who has just such a mother every time I see a young happy mother—the image of Maria dances before me—Mrs. Otto (---) lost her first child, and is now three weeks the mother of a daughter. I went to see her on Saturday and really never saw so much joy in a face before. I have been thinking of her ever since.
Sophia Dallas is going to be marriage to Richard Bache very shortly and Patty Jones to a Mr. Adams. I believe you know both ladies—there are also several other weddings talked of—among the ---- but that not so confidently as the others—and will not --- soon take place. I suppose you see Lee James frequently and hear all about the family from him—Andrew is expected home this spring—but no a married man—poor fellow! He has another disappointment to bewail—but I guess this lop is greater to his purse, than his heart.
My mother and the girls send you their best love. Make mine acceptable to your dear husband—and —Ann and Mary—God Bless you, my dearest Maria, let me hear soon of your Caroline and accept my best wishes for your happiness—ever your own, Rebecca G.