Cincinnati, March 13, 1833. 4 pages, 9-3/4 x 8 inches, integral address, approx. 1250 words. Loss of a word or two (but no loss of sense) from the original seal; a little soiled, with some wear and loss of paper along old folds; in very good condition. Item #18995
One gets some sense from this letter of the preoccupations of the era, as well as a hint at the tension between religion and progressive thought; Frances writes to her long-silent brother, “We heard thro’ Mr. McCormick that you had left New Harmony and removed to Princeton and I was truly glad that you had left that place which a gentleman some time since observed was the most fruitful spot of wickedness in the whole world.” Frances dwells at length on the state of her brother’s soul, noting the recent religious revival in Cincinnati due to the recent Cholera epidemic, which had been a useful means “of causing many to fly to Christ for salvation and grace for a dying hour.” She includes the observation that, “Many fell on the right hand and on our left but we were spared. And to God alone be all the glory. It was an awful time indeed, the whole aspect of the city was changed the streets were almost deserted and solemnity sat on every countenance.” Includes many loving inquiries after her young niece and namesake, as well a note to her sister-in-law asking that she “write and tell me my dear sister if your society is not much more pleasant than when you lived at N[ew] H[armony]. I hope it is, and I trust you now have the privilege of going to the church of God on the Sabbath.”.