1819: Mary (Barnett) Livingston to Gilbert Belcher

Head Stone of Gilbert Belcher

This letter was written by Mary (Barnett) Livingston (1785-1840), wife of Richard Livingston of Lowville, New York.

Mary wrote the letter to her uncle Gilbert Belcher (1761-1820), the son of Gilbert and Eunice (Owen) Belcher, Millstone, Somerset, New Jersey

Stampless Cover



Addressed to Mr. Gilbert Belcher, Somerset Court House, New Jersey

Lowville [New York]
October 28, 1819

Dear Uncle,

I fear by this time you will think we have quite forgotten you by not answering you before, but I have been waiting the event of some things. My father has not been at home steady two weeks at a time this summer. My mother has took another boy and I expect she intends to keep him. Grandmother, I think, fails fast in looks and strength. My son is almost discouraged about going there to live with so many old folks. he thinks it a great task for a young man to undertake. He wants some word from you concerning the place as he considers it yours and ever will be yours for they are in no situation to pay the money which you have paid for the farm. I feel greatly concerned about them that dwell under my father’s roof. I think I have had a serious trial of the trouble of old folks but they are both gone. Grandfather died last March. Aunt Ellsworth has boarded with me till her school ended and then returned to fathers again where she now lives. Aunt Rood has requested some of her children to send after her, I understand. In a letter from Uncle [William] Maxfield’s family, I understand that Uncle Rood has become steady. We have heard from Uncle Joseph’s children. They were both living at their grandfathers. I have not forgotten the promise you made us when we parted but when we wanted to see you we must send you word. We all want to see you but is much more satisfaction than there is here. For my own part, I do not feel as if I was placed in a situation for you to take any great satisfaction with us but notwithstanding, we should be very happy in receiving a visit from you at least for one season. I thank you for your good advise and think it very good concerning our tavern. I should be glad to write more but I am so unwell that I do not feel able to write any longer. I hope you will not expose my letter as I have wrote this unbeknown on some reasons. I hope you will not delay in writing to me. So no more at present. From your niece, — Mary Livingston

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Spared & Shared 21

Saving history one letter at a time.

Spared & Shared 20

Saving history one letter at a time

Notes on Western Scenery, Manners, &c.

by Washington Marlatt, 1848

Spared & Shared 19

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Recollections of Army Life

by Charles A. Frey

The Civil War Letters of William Kennedy

Co. B, 91st New York Infantry

The Glorious Dead

Letters from the 23rd Illinois Infantry, the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, the 64th New York Infantry, and the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Cornelius Van Houten

1st New Jersey Light Artillery

Letters of Charley Howe

36th Massachusetts Volunteers

Sgt. Major Fayette Lacey

Co. B, 37th Illinois Volunteers

"These few lines"

the pocket memorandum of Alexander C. Taggart

The Civil War Letters of Will Dunn

Co. F, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers

Henry McGrath Cannon

Co. A, 124th New York Infantry & Co. B, 16th New York Cavalry

Civil War Letters of Frederick Warren Holmes

Co. H, 77th Illinois Volunteers

"Though distant lands between us be"

Civil War Letters of Monroe McCollister, Co. B, 6th OVC

"Tell her to keep good heart"

Civil War Letters of Nelson Statler, 211th PA

Building Bluemont

The Origin of Bluemont Central College

"May Heaven Protect You"

14th Connecticut drummer boy's war-time correspondence with his mother

Moreau Forrest

Lt. Commander in the US Navy during the Civil War

Diary of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry

Fighting with the Irish Brigade during the Peninsula Campaign

"Till this unholy rebellion is crushed"

Letters of Dory & Morty Longwood, 7th Indiana

"I Go With Good Courage"

The Civil War Letters of Henry Clay Long, 11th Maine Infantry

"This is a dreadful war"

The Civil War Letters of Jacob Bauer, 16th Connecticut, & his wife Emily

Spared & Shared 16

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Lloyd Willis Manning Letters

3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Co. I

The Yankee Volunteer

A Virtual Archive of Civil War Likenesses collected by Dave Morin

William Henry Jordan

Co. K, 7th Rhode Island Infantry

No Cause to Blush

The Bancroft Collection of Civil War Letters

William A. Bartlett Civil War Letters

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

The John Hughes Collection

A Virtual Archive of his Letters, 1858-1869

The Civil War Letters of Rufus P. Staniels

Co. H, 13th New Hampshire Volunteers

This is Indeed A Singular War

The Civil War Letters of Henry Scott Murray, 8th New York Light Artillery

%d bloggers like this: