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Catalog Number KSa020014
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1850 c.
Scope & Content X59.4.14- undated ( between 1845 - 1853?)

Elizabeth Elliot Mount to her husband Shepard Alonzo Mount, (NYC)
Sunday Afternoon
Dear Shepard,
I received your letter by Charles last evening - also the gloves and lapels - am much obliged to you for the pains in selecting, they suit me exactly. I should not have chosen with more taste and judgment (sic). I am in no particular hurry for the frame. anytime when you have a good opportunity will be soon enough, as I am situated now, I cannot leave home. Dossy is not quite as well as usual, and I am not near as well as when you left owing I suppose to care and being kept awake nights - I am scarcely sensible for an hours sleep through the night and that for so many succeeding nights has brought me pretty nearly where I was 4 or 5 weeks ago, nothing but torn (?) necessity keeps me from my bed, for although I have two or three to assist - I find that numbers only increase my care and I have come to the conclusion if my comfort and health is of any consequence to others there must be a change in my situation, as respects my own feelings life is of no importance to me buried under a weight of care and disquietude length of days is rather a curse - how true it is that which one must earnestly love-tis denied (perhaps for some good reasons) you know that composure and rest always has been the main object of my life - but I cannot conceive of a situation so much disturbed and uncomfortable as mine, for quietness and ease of mind I have sacrificed everything desirable but find on the whole have gained nothing but a broken constitution and the ridicule and contempt of early acquaintances--- however I suppose contrasted with many my situation is enviable, every heart knows its own sorrows, and fancies them the greatest, I often think it when we first married ( I had not been willing to be shut up for life in a corner of this house) and we had gone elsewhere I should have had the opportunity of renewing friendships and might at this have been surrounded by disinterested friends who with sickness come upon me would have cheered me, all this may
seem exaggerated to you - who do not without intermission suffer this care. for although submitting to the cares and anxiety of business - you must find an agreeable relief in the change at home - but enough I would not distract you - yet while this despondency sits on me like an incubus I must t to you pour out the burden of my heart. The children are well meaning, Tuty and Shep she wakes up at night and cries for Father and says___tly mam (?) why doesn't he come home
Yours affectionately as ever
Elizabeth
Credit line Gift of the Estate of Dorothy de Bevoise Mount, 1959.