This letter was written by George Brown Armington (1801-1863), the son of William Armington (1774-1847) and Elizabeth Hoar (1781-1819). George was married to Abigail Tomlinson (1809-1884) in 1828. In the letter, George mentions two of his daughters; Jane Elizabeth Armington (1829-1922) and Mary Frances Armington (1831-1896) — the latter having just recently returned with relatives to reside for a time in Providence, Rhode Island.
George wrote the letter to his cousin Mrs. Lucy (Armington) Draper (1810-1899), the wife of Lucien Draper (1800-1886), who resided in Providence, Rhode Island.
Addressed to Mrs. L. A. Draper, Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island
October 12, 1846
Having promised you a letter, I hasten to fulfill it at the present time both from inclination and a sense of duty.
Some few weeks ago Mrs. Armington was on a visit to my father’s at Chester where she fell in with your mother and brother William. We had a letter informing us of these facts and that they were on their way to Pittsford to take Mary home with them. Of course the girls stood round and put things in order so that they might be well received. I had been looking for a letter from William and had not come to any conclusion regarding Mary’s visit. Just at this time I had one of those afflictions commonly called a comforter [a boil] altho I must say it was not much of comforter to me. I was lame when they arrived and grew worse during their whole stay and I fear that I made but a sorry appearance and succeeded but poorly in entertaining them. Indeed, it affected me as seriously as a fit of sickness of that length would have done and the whole time leaves but a dim recollection of pains and suffering with the presence of friends that had come and gone in the interval, and with them one that was loved with a parents fondest, deepest affection. All this seems as a dream and yet I find it is a reality.
She has gone from our home
From our hearth she has parted
Yet bitter as I find the cup, I would not have it otherwise. I have placed her in the care of those in whom I have the utmost confidence. I feel that you will both love, cherish, and protect her from all known harm or indeed the very appearance of evil, knowing and feeling then I shall believe that it is for the better for her to be at Providence than it would be at home.
I had a letter on Thursday last from William giving us intelligence of their safe arrival at home for which we were anxiously looking and we only complain that it was too brief, giving us no information. You may tell Mary that we shall look to her for the incidents of her journey as he did not write a single line.
I feel greatly obliged to your Mother for her kind and only regret my inability to enjoy it or to do my share in rendering her stay pleasant. I hope she will try again. I shall have better luck next time and I need not say how happy I should be to see any of our Providence friends. When the railroad is constructed, we shall be but one day apart. That is but a little time and we may see each other much oftener.
I enclose a half sheet from Jane for Mary Frances which will probably contain all of the news so I shall not relate any. Tell Mary that I shall write to her soon and I think she may expect some letters by Mr. Granger. He leaves for Providence in a few days. We shall send some things for her by him.
Dear Coz, I shall be truly grateful to all of our friends for any exertion the may make to make Mary’s first days of her residence in Providence pleasant, thereby preventing her from being homesick. I shall look for a more frequent correspondence than we have had heretofore. That is the only way you know to sustain the system of cheap postage.
You will not forget to give our love to your husband and all the others who are interested in our welfare or I in theirs without the mention of names. I had forgot to say that we are all well so no more but write me on the receipt of this. Yours affectionately, — Geo. B. Armington