1863-4: Louisa Noble to Lovina C. Moon

These two letters were written by Louisa Noble (1814-1869) a tailoress of Leyden, Lewis county, New York. She was the daughter of Reuben Noble and Lucinda Messenger. At the time of the 1855 State Census, Louisa boarded with the Thomas Baker family in Leyden.

Noble wrote the letter to Louisa C. Moon (1837-1917), the 27 year-old daughter of Alvin Moon (1807-1893) and Louisa Plumb (1813-1906) of West Monroe, Oswego county, New York. Lovina married Adam Moyer (b. 1834) in 1865.


Addressed to Miss Lovina C. Moon, Mallory, Oswego county, New York

Leyden [Lewis county, New York]
June 7, 1863

Friend Lovina,

It has been a long time since I received your welcome letter and I am somewhat ashamed to think I have not answered it before but you know it is a busy time of year for a woman that has a large family as I have. I have had a quantity of carpet rags to cut and my house to clean, a sick girl on my hands to prepare medicine and make syrups for, and various other things to take up one’s time. Of late there has been several sick in the neighborhood which has occupied considerable of my time—one man sick quite near me. He is very kind to me when he is well and I am trying to be kind to him while sick. I carry him all of his eatables.

I have not much news to write you. I believe I told you Mr. Skinner omitted his meetings here on account of his poor health. Well the old seceders cracked and crowed over his departure that he would not be caught here again. His congregation had so many of them left and it was this and that. I all the while grinned in my sleeves thinking what small potatoes they were picking up. So here a short time ago he sent an appointment. So two weeks ago today, on come the old whitehead as grave as if nothing had ever happened. He preached and finally summed up by giving them a long lecture on the rebellion and slavery and various other topics which he knew would loosen up their dandruff. I could not help laughing the man in the face. Old Tom Baker ² and another Rebel had sneaked in to hear him but didn’t they look daggers at him. I am not a Universalist but I must say I like Mr. Skinner. He is just the man that suits me. He has got a mind of his own and is not afraid to tell of it. If I could find another such a man, I should turn off Timothy and take him myself.

The phrenologist always tell I am of that disposition myself and I thank God I am. If I get my mind made up and every person living was against me, it would not move me one hair’s breadth. A person without a mind of their own is a poor, miserable skunk and can’t dance.

Next Wednesday and Thursday the Mohawk Universalist Society hold their association here. I wish your Father and Mother could be here.

We have had some warm, pleasant weather this spring but now for several days it has been cold. I fear we shall have a frost. Tell Mrs. Spencer when you see her that Mrs. Isaac Parsons has broken her leg below her knee twice in two. She is doing well. Also Wm’s son 12 years old died there a short time since but the old lady’s tongue kept loose all the while.

I have written in haste for it was half past eight when I commenced. I shan’t tell what time it is now. My love to yourself and your father’s family. — Louisa Noble

I should be very glad to see you here. Also your Father and Mother. Write again. So goodnight.

¹ Possibly Rev. Dolphus Skinner (1800-1869).

² Probably Thomas Baker (1799–1883)—a farmer in Leyden, Lewis county, New York. Louisa boarded with his family in 1855.


Addressed to Miss Lovina C. Moon, Mallory, Oswego county, New York

Leyden [Lewis county, New York]
April 22, 1864

Dear Friend Lovina,

I received your welcome letter last evening and I hasten to answer it. There has been no meeting here today so I have been at home all day. I have had two calls and this evening I have been out walking and made two calls last evening. We had a hard thunder shower with rain and hail. I thought it would clear off cold but it did not. Today has been warm and pleasant as summer. We have had but little snow this winter and yet we’ve had a plenty to make good sleighing. We have had a great deal of gloomy, cloudy weather with drizzling snows this spring—not much sugar made though everybody has tried.

I have no news to tell you though I should have a bushel if you were acquainted [with the people] here. There has been some sickness about here. One of my neighbors—a married lady—has died with fever. The funeral of three others—grown people—-have been held at the church all within a short time of each other.

The Universalists have hired a minister from Utica. His name is Cook—a real old Copperhead, I think. I shan’t trouble him much. Some of our Republican friends won’t sign a cent to hire him. They used Mr. Skinner so mean they may work out their Copperhead business to suit themselves. I shan’t help them. I hear he (Cook) throws out more or less about Mr. Skinner. He better look out or someone will take their foot from behind him a few times.

You talk about cheese factories. I read in my paper today that there was to be 25 cheese factories in this county this season. Butter has been very high—from 45 to 50 cents per pound. It’s down now to 20, I understand. Well, I have not had to buy. Everything is so high, I believe I shall have to put out my children and go to work myself. I hate to part with the little brats. I have had plenty of sewing to do all winter and spring and I have over two suits on hand now to make. They don’t calculate to let me have time to clean my house but I shall take it very soon too. I have got to paper some—my hall at least.

I have not heard from Mrs. Spencer in a very long time. I should think she had better start up her old trotters a bit. You ask when I am coming to West Monroe. I have had so many visits from that quarter that I think I had better drop everything and run right out there. However, I would like right well to make some of the West Monroe folks a visit. I often think of the last visit I had at your house. How I enjoyed it. I fear it never will be paid. I wish your Mother and Mrs. Spencer would come. I don’t know what should hinder you and [your brother] Byron from coming in the winter certainly. I talk of going to Brown’s Tract this summer. What do you think of that?

Well, if no one else will come, tell your Father to come and I will kill the fatted calf and we’ll have a real jubilee there. Tell him he need not laugh at that. If he does, he shan’t come. Sometime when he is peddling books, he may stray away out here perhaps. My love to Arvilla [and] also to you all and other friends. Write when convenient. Yours, — Louisa Noble

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