[letter from Mary Coleman to her Niece Mrs. J. Blacklock , addressed:
             
            "Mrs Eliza Blaclock 
                "Dartmouth

                "Halifax N S"]

Nantucket April 22nd 1818
My Dear Eliza
                        I could not resist so good an opertuny as now offers by Father of writing and wishing you and Mr Blacklock Joy. I beleave you meant to surprise us but you were mistaken for we were perpared to heare the news. I think it was rather shabby in you not to give me an invite. but I will be up with you when I am going to be married which I expect I shall be soon. I will not let you know anything about it till afterwards, Eliza Hussey and me often wish we could step in and see you and I hope I shall have the pleasure some day or other, I told Mother this morning that I felt as if I could sit down and have a good crying spell I wanted to see you all so much. but dont you think I am homesick for I am not. I have never ben homesick but one evening since I came here, we have moved since I wrote last up to Brother Lothams house it is a very pleasant situation we feel more at home then we did when we lived at Susans there is a fine garden and yard and one little spruce bush which looks beautiful as it is the only one on the Island they say there is trees out of town but I dont know where for I have been out once or twice and I have never seen one half as tall as myself. It is a most compleat sand heap, I have frequently been obliged to stop when I have been passing through the streets in the evening and throw the sand out of my shoes before I could get along it was very troublesome when we first came but I am used to it now they never walk in the middle of the street as we do in Dartmouth they would go up to their knees in sand. it is not fashionable for a Lady to take hold of a Gentlemans arm in the day time but in the evening you must take care of yourself the girls are very saucy indeed you are insulted twenty times by the Girls where you are once by the men indeed the men are always civil. Eliza Paddack and me were in to see your Aunt Lucretia last evnig we live very near her she is well with her Family she has got some smart Children. she is larger then your Mother and looks very much like your Aunt Pheby 
     Lydia lives at Uncle John's Swains her husband has gone round Cape Horn. Ann Swain was married last winter Eliza Hussey and me were weddingers there is a dreadful time when people are married on? the? first day they have the wedding at her house and the next at his. not long since William Alex and me were at Isaac Coffins at wedding their son was married the had a dashing time they had upwards of 60 young and old the old are all by themselves they dont have any dancing but a great manny kinds of plays which are very much like dancing. Cake is very fashionable they often have three kinds for tea besides bred buiscet and cheese. I must now tell you a small piece of news which is nothing more nor lefs than Mrs Egan is going to be Maried to Latham Paddak not very soon I beleave what do you think of it she is going to Bath to spend the Summer. You muts ask Father a thousand questions if you want to know about us. I have been lately voted member of a society called the Fragment Society we have met at Zenas Coffins till now when we have hired rooms down in town there are about thirty members maried and single each member pays one cent a week in to the funds we meet every Thursday afternoon to sew knit and quilt for the poor we hire a woman to keep School and have about fifty Girls. we have a great deal given us such as Money old Cloths I beleave it will soon be a very large Society. We want you should get is two yards of Satinet any color that you think will answer only not to dark and some blue? marking thread there is no such thing on the Island get a good stock of the marking thread call? upon Father for the money if Father should take it in to his head to give me a parisol I want you should get it a green one with out fringe they have none but french ones here do ask Ann to send me some minionet seed I want some sadly I wish I could send you some rose bushes they have beautiful damask and gabbage roses. I have been down to Elizas Husseys this morning she is ironing she sends her most affectionate love to all of you I shall have somehing to tell you about her towards the end of the Summer you may guess whut it is you will see that I hav not improved much in my writing since I come here but there is some alowance to be made for I expect every moment when Father will be up to take down his baggage give my love to Mr Blacloch (I shal get his name right directly) and tell him I shall be very much offended if he does not bring you here soon we hear James is going to be married but we [don't] now who to I think it is Jean Foster Give my love to the Collins Allens AIbros Farquhasons Sally Bell and her Mother and to every body else in the place. I am very sorry we have nothing to send but Father starting so sudden to go has hurryd us much you must take the will for the deed. how much I want you here to laugh about our capers up to Mrs Moneys I am afraid we shall never spend So many happy hours again there give my love to them amd tell Mrs Money to write dont forget me to Louisa B and tell George and James we shall be happy to see them here they must bring their wives with them do write me all the news by Father and tell Ann and Eliza and Rebecca Allen to write. I have a great many acquaintence here but I would give them all up for those that I have been used to in Dartmouth and Preston I hear my old Friend James Tremain is married and I hope to hear some of the rest of the beaus are caught before long. William is not going to be maried soon Lydia is very ill and I am afraid she will never be any better, she is a fine Girl but her health is so delicate I am afraid she will make a poor wife for William. the next time I write I will tell you about my beau I beleave he is catching whales now round the Cape I am almost ashamed to send this but I know you will take it from whence it came send me some Gown patterns if you please a few news papers would be very acceptable Eliza Hussey and me are going to Charles to spend the this evening I wish you could be of the party. I think I have scrawld quite enough for once I would [give] all I posefs in the world to see William and the rest of the Children tell Charles he muts come with his Grandfather and now wishing you and Mr Blacklock all the happinefs in the world I remain your affectionate Aunt

Mary Coleman