This letter was written by George Lamb Hatch (1815-1871), the son of Abel Hatch (1786-1871) and Sarah “Sally” Sargent (1793-1853) of Monville, Waldo County, Maine. George was married to Caroline Gilmore (1821-1862) in 1854.
George wrote the letter to his brother, Ebenezer Hamlin Hatch (1816-Aft1880). A family history says he was named for Hannibal Hamlin. He worked as a carpenter in Camden and in 1838, he superintended the construction of a new home for his father in Monville — said to be the most modern, most beautiful, and best constructed building for miles around. He went to Texas in the army and eventually settled there. He married Martha Mitchell (1823-18xx) in the early 1840s and died in Falls, Texas, after 1880.
Addressed to Mr. Ebenezer H. Hatch, Columbus, Texas
Montville [Waldo County, Maine]
August 28th 1842
Dear absent and ever to be remembered brother. I seat myself once more after this long while to write a few lines to you to inform you that I am enjoying very good health at the present and also the rest of your friends here in this place, and I hope and pray that this with the blessing of God will find you the same.
Eben, it has been a long while since I have had direct word from you. Daniel received a letter from you almost one year ago and we have [had] no direct news from you since. And how shall I express the anxiety that I have felt for you. O brother, if you could but know the feelings of my mind respecting you and if I could communicate it to you, it seems to me that I could entice you to leave Texas and come home and settle somewhere nearby your friends. Yes, Eben, only imagine for once the joy that it would be to us all to have you come, it seems to me that you would leave all and come. Will you not?
Eben, must the many happy days we have enjoyed together be at an end? Do not say they must, but say if Heaven is pleased to spare us, we will meet at least once more while here on earth. Come, dear brother, come. I cannot give up the idea but what you will. Can I say any more or would it be of any use. It seems to me that you have had invitations enough if that was all to have come long ago. I must leave this subject, and may the blessing of Heaven attend you and guide and direct your mind into all truth and happiness.
Times are rather hard here at the present. I have been at home for the most part of the time this summer to work farming. Crops of all kinds are good except hay and that is very light this season. I wrote a letter to you last October, I think, and have been expecting one from you this long time, but have looked in vain. Why do you not write? Do be kind enough to write once a month if not oftener. I should have long ago if I had known [where] you was. We have thought by your not writing you was on your way home and we have looked for you very strong. I have looked up when I have been to work in the field many a time to see if you weren’t coming but have looked in vain. It has seemed that I must see you some days when I have dreamt you nights. It has been so real that I have felt to mourn when I have awoke and found it was a dream.
October the 16th 1842
You will perceive that it has been some time since this letter was begun but I have been waiting and in hopes that I should have a letter from you but have waited in vain and I have concluded to send this and hope and pray it will find you in the enjoyment of good health. Mr. Presect hs got home and he has been sick ever since he has been at home. We got no direct news of him from you. There is a great deal more that I should be glad to write if time would permit. I must say good bye.
Respectfully yours, — George L. Hatch