This letter was written by Lyman Luzerne Squire (1810-1869), a son of Orrin Datus Squire (1783-1859) and Annice Frisble (1784-1841). He was married to Eliza L. Palmer in 1830.
Lyman wrote the letter to his sister, Jennette (Squire) Loomis (1815-1894), and her husband, Dr. Jacob Osmyn Loomis (1802-1894), then residing in Bolton, Connecticut. They were married in 1836. Jacob was the son of Jacob Loomis (1772-1833) and Jemima Risley (1777-1860) of Tolland County, Connecticut.
Jennette and Jacob were yet childless when this letter was written but Jennette was probably pregnant with her first child, Lewis Squire Loomis (1842-1864) — a casualty of the Battle of the Wilderness.
Addressed to Dr. J. O. Loomis, Bolton, Connecticut
December 22d 1841
Your letter of December 20th was received this afternoon. In reply to your inquiry, I can only say that so far as I am acquainted, he does not intend to leave this spring. Our co-partnership was not a limited one. He (or perhaps his wife) might have expressed something of that kind, though I do not now remember of hearing of any such intention. We have been purchasing here. Besides, from other circumstances I am inclined to believe he is pretty well satisfied and I am happy to say that a very good feeling at present exists between us. He left this morning for Hartford and will probably return tomorrow evening.
I feel gratified to hear from you & Jennette. I have though strange of your not writing, Certainly Jennette could not have been so long engaged as not to have written even a few lines. We all enjoy tolerable health. Orin has been living in Chester. He is now at home.
William R. Frisbie & Harriet Cooke were married Thanksgiving night [25 Nov 1841]. They are housekeeping at Giles Barker’s — the house (or that part) being made vacant by the removal of Doctor Hubbard to New Hartford. Russell Pond & Lydia Tyler were married some time ago [on 27 Sept 1841], Augustus Wilford & Widow Statua Johnson were married about 2 weeks ago. Ami__ B. Barker has been sick several weeks; his difficulty appears to be on his lungs. I am rather fearful it will finally terminate in consumption. Capt. Ammi Harrison has been sick 6 to 8 weeks. He was first taken with suppression of urine; he has had a severe and dangerous time. He is now more comfortable.
The Baptists have held meetings about every evening for about 3 or 4 weeks and after through the day. The meetings have been quite well attended and I hope they will accomplish considerable good. Almon Beers, Mrs. Hobart Bench, one of David Arnill’s daughters, and Nancy Andrews were immersed Sunday before last. Last Sunday Miss Mary Ann Shelton & 2 other young ladies were immersed. Whatever may be your feelings with regard to the importance of these matters, I have — from mature and candid reflection — come to the conclusion that it is best for me to live a goodly, righteous, & sober life. Eliza unites with me in this conclusion. These few remarks will probably surprise you & Jennette, but I can assure you that I am satisfied to try. I have been for a long time thinking and hesitating, being at the same time rather persuaded in my own mind that it was best & without any heated excitement, I have calmly & feelingly come to this determination & humbly trust that our heavenly father will assist us in our endeavors. Without feeling any disposition to dictate or censure you & yours, it would afford me pleasure to learn that all my brothers & sisters feel as I do, — i.e., a willingness to serve God & keep his commandments.
The above remarks are made with the kindest feelings and best intentions. Will you & Jennette do me the favor to receive them as such. I am very respectfully yours, — Lyman L. Squire
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