Martha Jane Gay papers
Miss Martha Jane Gay was away from home, traveling around New England, when she received these letters from her family and friends back in Wisconsin. Little is known about her or her correspondents. Joel Farnsworth of Bristol, Wisconsin, was possibly her brother-in-law. Julia Clark, who was married to Moses Clark and might have been Jane's sister, helped support her family by keeping a few boarders, including Mr. Dearborn, the school teacher. Although people urged Jane to return to Wisconsin, she continually delayed her departure from the east.