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The Angier Family A Collection of Letters to a Neglected Mother. .Utica, NY.1817-1832
The Angier Family A Collection of Letters to a Neglected Mother. .Utica, NY.1817-1832

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A collection of six letters between the mother and children of the Angier family, originally of Southborough, MA. The most consistent part of the letters is opening with an apology from the children for failing to write their mother, Elizabeth Angier, and how this failure means that they have neglected her in some way. The letters date were generally send from upstate New York, from towns near Utica, NY, such as Whitestone and Frankfort, where several of the siblings, namely Mary, Elizabeth, and Sabrina, had relocated to.  It appears as though one of the older daughters, after marrying Augustus Baldwin (1794-1880) in 1815, moved to Whitestone, NY, to start a family. As the years continued, several of Mary's siblings, such as Elizabeth and Sabrina (who never married), moved to the area to for better marriage and job prospects. Two of the six letters are between a pair of the siblings. The letters generally consist of updates on their lives, family and friends, as well as numerous religious missives, and some mention of their jobs, mostly teaching, that the sisters were engaged in. Additionally, in some of the letters, the siblings have written missives addressed to their siblings still living in Southborough. All of the letters are folded stampless posts. Measures 5" x 3 1/2" (folded). Below are excerpts from some of the letters: "We were presented with a daughter 14th Nov, but alas! She is not that joy or comfort we so much hope for, we have been called to a bitter trial, God in his infinite goodness has seen fit to afflict us in taking our child by death, our afflictions are sent to try us and oh that they mite [sic] prove a blessing to us, that we mite [sic] feel reconciled under all the alotments [sic] of divine providence in submission to his will and that we might in full submission say the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away and blessed be the name of the Lord." - February 2, 1817, Whitestone, NY, from Augustus and Mary Baldwin to Mary's mother, Elizabeth Angier "Aunt Haven has been sick since she returned from Boston with the nervous tooth ache. She had her tooth pulled and it broke a nerve and it had such an effect on her that it obliterated the whole of the nervous system so that she was not able to do her work for six weeks but she has got to be quite well now... Mr. Laban Nicholas’ wife Mr. Lee’s sister, the one that was down when Mary went up the first time is deranged. She tries every way to kill herself. She once took her husband’s razor and attempted to cut throat but was caught before she had completed the fatal deed. Twice her husband has found her with a rope around her neck, and once got to her only soon enough to catch her in his arms as she leap [sic] from the scaffold, one half minute longer and she would have been an eternity." - June 13, 1818, Whitestone, NY, from Eliza Angier to her mother, Elizabeth Angier. "I hope that he who has upheld you thus far in life will still hold you in the hollow of his hand lest at any time  your feet should stray from the path of virtue and rectitude.  And may he find your heart fast to him, that when in health you may be an able to render to him according to his benefit. I am rejoiced to hear that there is any attention to the one thing needful with you. Oh that there may be many praying souls in that place, and may we realize that we have an interest in your prayers. It would give a pang to any Christian to realize the state of this church and society. Religion is trampled upon like hearts cast before swine... we have reason to fear that wrath of an offended God is kindled against us and that he will come upon us with great judgment if we continue in this stupid state. Afflictions in themselves are courteous and I am not as an able to bear them as anyone. Yet they are sent for our good, to restore are wandering feet. I would choose to be afflicted rather than remain in this I’m feeling state. ‘More the treacherous calm I dread, then tempest bursting o’ver my head.’ “ - August 3, 1825, Frankfort, NY, Eliza Angier Warriner to her siblings Roland Angier and his wife, Mary Marsh (1803-1866) "Eliza has become the mother of twins, both daughters, one we call Cordelia Eliza, the other Frances Beattie, they were born 20 April, the life of the mother was disposed for sometime. We had two of the best nurses, one was Sabrina, besides all the assistance that I could render. Eliza is now so that she is just about taking care of the babes but not able to do much she is afflicted with the canker in her throat and stomach which keeps her and the babes in continual afflictions." - June 25, 1830, Frankfort Alford and Eliza Angier Warriner to Eliza's mother, Elizabeth Angier "The anniversary of my birthday, which is tomorrow, reminds me of my obligations to you, the kindest and best of mothers who under God have been instrumental in preserving my life, that I am so far from you as not to visit you often, when I think that six years have rolled away since I saw you I am really astonished! And now that I have left my brothers and sisters is misterous [sic] To myself, but for not writing to you I can offer no reasonable excuse, I must played guilty this pleasant evening the moon with her bright Waze conveys my thoughts to my native home ... I find many pleasant people here but in my dreams I visit Southborough inhabitants, could I but you know where my mother is and what her enjoyment is in the decline of life it would relieve my anxiety... we had a very pleasant journey here, we started from Utica July 30 in a canal boat in the front cabin, 13 and number, moving at the rate of 5 miles an hour, able to read right net and sell. Mr. Simmons spent his time writing and reading his sermons which was very interesting to us, when we got to Troy Thursday we had to lay up a few hours on account of the water, for a kind a machine called the mud turtle which was scraping the mud from the river before we could cross the way to Albany, then went on board a steamboat to New York, saw a great many of the works of nature, and a part, then a coach convey the family to the New York shore, then in a steamboat to Newark." - October 3, 1832, Newark, NJ, Sabrina Angier to her mother Elizabeth Angier To view images, click: Elizabeth Newton was born on April 30, 1763, to Solomon Newton (1734-1830) and Elizabeth Howe (1733-1818) in Southborough, MA. She had eight siblings: Catherine Newton Ball (1759-1834), Lucreita Newton (1761-1813), Larkin Newton (1765-1788), Dolly Newton (1767-1855), Jeremiah Newton (1769-1837), Willard Newton (1771-863), Anna Newton Sherman (1773-1863). She married Charles Angier (1752-1816) on December 23, 1784 in Southborough, MA, and had eleven children together: Betsy Angier (1785-1793), Anna Agier Fay (1787-1861), Converse Angier (1789-?), Mary Angier Baldwin (1791-1875), Roland Angier (1793-1872), Austin As the letters date from after the death of their father, Charles Angier in 1816, even though the letters are to their mother, Elizabeth, they are addressed to her son, Roland Angier, whom she was living with at the time. Angier (1795-1865), Elizabeth "Eliza" Angier Warrienr (1795-1882), Lydia Angier (1800-1820), Sabrina (1802-?), and Charles Angier (1806-1881). She died on February 11, 1845, in Southborough, MA of lung fever.