This letter was written by Jonathan Fisk (1809-1872), the son of Moses Fisk (1764-1847) and Hannah Batchelor (1770-1853). Jonathan wrote this 1847 letter to his wife, Mary Amelia (Imlay) Fisk (1814-1899), the daughter of Allentown postmaster William Imlay (1790-1880) and Ann Gordon (1790-1877). Jonathan and Mary were married in January 1834.
Born in Vermont in 1809, Jonathan attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) for three years beginning in 1827; may have worked as a school teacher, possibly in Allentown, Monmouth County; conducted a general store in Allentown, at first in partnership with Richard Montgomery Stout. Jonathan moved to Lambertville, New Jersey, in 1834 where he became a clerk (later treasurer) of the New Hope Delaware Bridge Company; removed to Trenton, Mercer County, where he was employed by the Mechanics Bank beginning in 1845; served as an officer or director of various Trenton organizations and as city treasurer; moved back to Allentown, where he died in 1872.
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Fisk
Trenton [New Jersey]
10 o’clock Sunday Evening
August 22nd 1847
My dear wife,
I cannot refrain from writing you a few lines tonight — particularly as I expect to be so engaged tomorrow morning that I may not have time before the mail goes. I have no doubt you felt much disappointed in not hearing from me by Mr. Hoff. But I did not know of his being in town till after he was gone and then only by the merest accident. Mr. L. S. Coryell came in the bank and happened to remark that Charles came down and went on in the evening train and that Hoff brot him down. I wondered you did not write by him but supposed I should get a letter by mail but as you know I did not. I felt very uneasy, I can assure you, and as soon as it was 3 o’clock, I went to Snowden’s to see if a letter had not been left there for me. But none could be found. I felt so anxious about you that I should then have started right off, only Mr. Abbott was in Philadelphia and I did not know certainly that he would return that night. And besides, it is difficult for me to be away on Monday morning. But my sleep was much disturbed last night and I have felt very unhappy & gloomy today, having imagined all sorts of things — that you were sick, Mrs. Coryell worse, &c., &c. I am, however, greatly relieved now for just before writing time this evening a colored man brit. me your letter of friday morning. Where it had been, I know not as I did not see the man that brot it. I was much pleased to hear that Mrs. Coryell was on the mend though slowly.
I am very much rejoiced also that I had not heard that report that you were down with the fever as my anxiety would of course been very great. And still I feel somewhat concerned in regard to the complaint with which you were attacked. I suppose, however, from your letter that you are quite relieved and I shall try to imagine you well until I hear again.
I cannot tell now how it may be but it is possible I may come up tomorrow afternoon. If I do not, I cannot of course come on Tuesday on account of the Saving Fund. You spoke of sending a basket by Mr. Hoff. I have seen nothing of it. I will inquire in the morning. Perhaps it may be found.
Monday morning. In regard to going North, I hardly know what to say or do. It appears to me that it can be made a good operation, but still if it were not for Charles, I would give it up entirely, merely because it us so much anxiety & trouble to me. If I do go, I cannot bear to think of starting without seeing you. But I am determined to have the thing off my mind. I shall have business in New York this week and it will depend on how I find matters there, the prospects &c. whether I go farther or not. And if I go on, I shall not make arrangements unless I can get everything to suit me. However, I will not trouble you farther with it. I shall be very careful about proceeding but will bring the matter to a close very soon. Be sure and write this evening if I do not come up so that I will get the letter tomorrow and let me know whether I shall send the clothes you wrote for by the stage.
Mrs. Rice & all the family keep quite well and talk a great deal about you. I want to know exactly how you are and if you are not well I will not think of leaving home for the present. I have no time to write more. Mrs. Maynard is better.
Very affectionately your husband, — Jonathan Fisk
P. S. My own health is quite as good as usual. Mr. Abbot has just come over to the Bank quite unwell having last night a severe attack of cholera morbus.