Marmaduke Burrough papers  1808-1843 (bulk 1820-1843)
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This collection consists of 3 letters that Catherine Sever received from family members in Plymouth, Massachusetts, while living in Lenox, Massachusetts, in the 1840s. Her mother (Jane), sister (Jane), brother (John), and "J. T. H." collaborated on the letters, each of which contains contributions from multiple individuals.

Catherine Sever's correspondents provided news from Plymouth, sometimes mentioning social events such as a party hosted by the Sever family and a costume ball attended by Jane Sever. In one letter, John Sever described a failed attempt to make molasses candy and the resulting mess. Catherine's mother advised her to enjoy her time in Lenox and she expressed her hope that her daughter's homesickness would ease with time. Her mother also discussed her own journey home from Lenox and the logistics of Catherine's return. In the family's letter dated April 1, 1844, Catherine's mother advised her not to worry about Texas, abolition, and other political issues.

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