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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: frajola
Added on:Jun 15, 19
Edited on:Jun 19, 19
Postmark: Feb 17, 1851
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: Lawrenceville, Georgia, UNITED STATES

[Laura Bridgman, deaf-blind educator], 4p letter of Laura Bridgeman, February 16, 1851, Boston, Mass., accomplished using an early Howe-Perkin's "brailler" and pencil, to Miss Laurie Alden in Lawrenceville, Georgia

faulty cover with Boston postmark and docket

minor aging and minor fold faults

Letter reads (as accurate a transcription as I can do):

Sunny home Feb 16th 1851\My dear Sister Miss Alden

I was most truly delighted to receive your very kind & long letter the 6th of Dec. Miss Wight informed me instantly last Nov. that you wrote a letter to us which I did not get at the same time she did. I thought so fearfully that the letter was lost at first. I have been so very .... to grant your kind request I feel my own heart as if you must begin to think that I forgot you or I do not like to reply to a letter. I have a great deal of liesure now.

I hoped most truly that you are not too much dissapointed in not tearing yourself away from your home, your mother & sister were very kind & sociable to escort you toward Philadelphia. I rejoice very much to think of your friends had this charge of you for sometime. It was very delightful for you to go to Washington I do not doubt that it would have gratifuied your  ....
greatly to contemplate the scene around W. I think of course that you wish to sail in a boat  ... indeed. I ... took such a ride on those dingy cars. It was really very unfortinate for you to go into such dingy & uncomfortable cars as the last. I would not help thinking that the occassion for you to be very homesick jouryning to Georgia becasue it is so natural for inhabitants to feel  .... among strangers.

I did not dream that there would be the slightest danger of parting with my best teacher Miss Wight. I am so sorely disappointed at the thought of not having her live with us any longer. han four years. I did not know of her deserting me until the 6th of Nov. It dissatisfied and distressed us both very sadly while we were very busily patching our wounds Miss W. was obliged to hear  ... She could not restrain from sobbing &  often thinking of giving me up suddenly. Miss Baddoch & Miss Duncan went with us to the depot the 9th of May to ..

I received a long letter from Mr Lewis Diman this winter. I made him a very handsome chain which I sent to him for a Christmas gift. When he wrote me a letter he exclaimed that he prized the chain very highly. I miss my best teacher sadly continually. I shall most truly admire to receive a long letter from you. Have you forgotten me. No, I hope not. I wear the ring constantly with much much value you gave to me. I received five pages from Miss W. last evening. She is coming to B. in March
Yours truly

from Wiki: "Laura Dewey Lynn Bridgman (December 21, 1829 – May 24, 1889) is known as the first deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language, fifty years before the more famous Helen Keller. Bridgman was left deaf-blind at the age of two after suffering a bout of scarlet fever. She was educated at the Perkins Institution for the Blind where, under the direction of Samuel Gridley Howe, she learned to read and communicate using Braille and the manual alphabet developed by Charles-Michel de l'Épée.

For several years, Bridgman gained celebrity status when Charles Dickens met her during his 1842 American tour and wrote about her accomplishments in his American Notes. Her fame was short-lived, however, and she spent the remainder of her life in relative obscurity, most of it at the Perkins Institute, where she passed her time sewing and reading books in Braille."

Owner's ID: 255
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes