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Copy of letter written

by Joel Wyman

Dear Brother--

As for myself I am very pleasantly situated, as much so as I could be separated as I am from friends. I board in a genteel family by the name of Hay, who is very wealthy and has a family of fine children. He as well as his lady is very friendly to me affording every comfort that heart could wish. He originated from New York and lives very much after the northern style. His crop of cotton this present year will bring him nearly $5000 All the families which reside at the Springs are very friendly showing me all the attention necessary to make my situation pleasant and agreeable. I would exchange my situation for none that I know of. Indeed I know of no other situation in the country districts which affords so good a salary as the one in which I am fortunate in procuring. My salary is $1000 a year out of which I shall have to pay $100 for board.

The students treat me with all the respect due to an instructor, and manifest that attachment which gives teaching its only charm. At the close of a composition written by one of my pretty female scholars I found the following expression of gratitude, "I have only to give you my sincere thanks for your kind attention to me; all the scholars must all join me in the same expression," her age is only eleven.

Believe me yours, etc.

(Signed) J. Wyman

To His Brother Benjamin

Wyman, June 16, 1825


Amherst June 16th 1825

Dear Brother

Having an opportunity by Mr. Wilder to send a line to you, I embrace it, and shall write a very brief letter, to inform you of my Journey to Boston my pleasant stay there, and my return too Amherst. I left Leominster on Saturday about noon, and after riding in the dust in a crowded coach till nine in the evening, I reached Boston very fatigued, our conversation in the coach was rather dry, as must necessarily be, from the mixed society into which we at such times generally fall, However the season was pleasant, and the dispatch, with which we moved, constantly presented new scenes and much variety to gratify the eye of the curious traveler. While in Boston I spent my time very agreeably, met many of my old acquaintances in the streets, whom I very little expected to see. I visited many places of curiosity, such as antiquities, public libraries &c. I attended the circus and theater one evening each, which I think for once to be sure rather amusing and interesting. I attended the general Court an hour or two nearly every day while in Boston; some things are said and done of peculiar interest to every American who feels any concern in the affairs of his country. The first Monday in June was Artillery Election. A vast concourse of people collected upon the common on that day to see the Governor take his chair, and witness other interesting transactions connected with such an event. The Governor took his seat on the common, covered only by the canopy of the heavens, while thousands of spectators gazed with patriotic emotions at the spectacle, which bore ample testimony of the distinguished privileges which flow from a free Republic. I saw all our cousins and had very agreeable interviews with them. I was very kindly treated at Mr. Abbots; where I was received and made welcome by all. I took lodgings most of the nights, while in Boston with Mr. Abbot. I received some encouragement to take a school in B and some appeared to be anxious to have me try fortune in a private school; but I have since had an application to go to Baltimore in Maryland, which I think will be better opportunity; therefore I think I shall go to the South in the fall.

I shall write again by mail, if no other opportunity is presented, to inform you when I shall wish you to come after me.


J. Wyman

Mr. B. Wyman

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