Harriet Farley (Using the Pseudonym “Susan”): Letters from the Lowell Mill(1844)
Lowell, March —
When I left home I told you that I would write in a week, and let you have my first impressions of Lowell. I will keep my promise; though, if I should defer my letter a while longer, I think I could make it much more interesting. But you know I promised to be very minute, and there is always sufficient minutiae to fill up a letter.
I arrived here safe and sound, after being well jolted over the rocks and hills of New Hampshire; and when (it was then evening) a gentleman in the stage first pointed out Lowell to me, with its lights twinkling through the gloom, I could think of nothing but Passampscot swamp, when brilliantly illuminated by “lightning-bugs.” You, I know, will excuse all my “up-country” phrases, for I have not yet got the rust off; and to you, and all my old-fashioned friends, I shall always be rusty. My egotism I will not apologize for—it is what you request.
To return to my adventures—for it all appears very...
The Lowell Offering (1844).
Looms inside the old Boott Cotton Mill in Massachusetts (Library of Congress)View Full Size