Norman, Lou
Autograph Letter Signed, Baltimore Female College, April 1, 1861 to Mrs. Swain S. Norman, Mackey's Ferry, North Carolina

octavo, 4 pages, partially cross-written, accompanied by original mailing envelope, light damp-stain to text, else in good legible condition.

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The writer, a student at Baltimore Female College writes her sister with news:


"My Dear Sister,

... We have holiday for a week, and as all the young ladies except those from N.C. have gone home, you may know we are having a nice quiet time here, and how pleasant it is to be out of the noise and confusion that always attend such places as schools colleges, etc. &c. ... Last Friday I went out in the country on a visit to one of my school-mates, and I can assure you I never enjoyed myself more in my life, - the family is one of the first, or "bon tons" as we have frequently heard it saidf of Balto., very wealthy and live in magnificent style. I had a nice long ride in the carriage with the family, as a ride in the country is something unusual for me now. I spent several days with them, and have just reached home, in time to write to you and send the letter by the morning's mail. How did Hunter's and May's dress and sacque's fit them? I would have made them much better, but did not have the time or opportunity of doing so. I was quite anxious to get you a head dress like sister's but was unable to do so, as I was at that time minus of the one thing needful, to purchase such an article... You asked me if I took the Protestant? I do, and would scarcely know what to do without it, for it is so pleasant to read after my studies have been concluded for the week, for I do not get it until Friday. I heard Mr. Reese preach not long ago, and I admired him exceedingly, he is somewhat smaller in person than I thought, but has a very finely shaped head, and pleasant voice. I have heard though that he is very much taken with an ex-teacher of this college, and is paying her marked attention, which I do not admire in him as his wife had been dead only a short time, unless my memory is at fault. ... A young gentleman told me yesterday that he intended visiting Elmwood after I left school, and inquired very particularly the route I would take to go home. I hope however he will not go, until our house is finished. I am very much afraid he will go next summer. I will tell you his name when I see you, thatis if you would like to know it..."