This letter was written by Mehitable Bradford Rogers (1791-1877), the daughter of Capt. Howland Rogers (1764-1814) — a ship carpenter — and Hannah Bradford (1761-18xx) of Camden, Waldo County, Maine. Mehitable was yet unmarried when she wrote this letter in 1819. She married Judge Ephraim Wood (1773-1853) in 1824.
Mehitable wrote the letter to her sisters, Nancy (Rogers) Perry (1785-18xx) — the wife of Oakes Perry (17xx-1829) — and Hannah Bradford (Rogers) Hunt (1787-18xx) — the wife of Simon Hunt. She also mentions her brother, Capt. Thomas Rogers (1789-18xx).
Addressed to Mrs. Nancy Perry, Camden, Maine
October 10th 1819
I suppose you received my letter from Portland which gave you an account of our voyage so far which was rather unpleasant as there was nothing particular took place afterwards, I did not write after I came to Boston for I expected to return with Captain Pendleton. He called on Tuesday morning, said he was all ready but the wind was not fair. I told him I should be ready at night and he must call me accordingly, I employed every moment of my time, was all ready before sundown, expected every one that came to the door to be sure it was for me, but I have not seen a person from Camden since I suspect Capt. Pendleton went out before he thought I would be ready to go with him. So I suppose you have seen him before this time and heard directly from us. We were then and are now all very well. Be assured there is no cause of alarm on account of the sickness in town. It is really considered healthy for this season of the year.
I have called to Barnard’s in Elm Street where Miss Whittier and Miss Huse were to put up but I can hear nothing of them. If I had have found them, I should have returned in the same myself but now I shall wait for Capt. Pendleton as we expect Brother in this week. He was very sick on his passage down last trip but was very well when he left home now.
Margaret & Eliza are gone to meeting and I am alone. They desired to be remembered most affectionately to you and your husband and Augustus & Mehitable. Tell them Aunt Mehitable wants [to] see them very much too. Margaret & I have been to Charlestown and spent a day. Our friends are all very well [and] are very desirous of a visit from you both. We have visited likewise to Mr. Abrams. His family is very well. All send their love.
I have taken a few more goods and I feel very anxious to get home as the time is passing away and time, you know, is money. The particulars I will tell when I see you which I hope by Divine permission will be soon. So I subscribe myself your affectionate sister, — Mehitable Bradford Rogers