East New Market


9 February 1871

From Lillie Webb to her aunt, Tillie Thompson

(Collection of John Barber, Florida)

 Postmark:  East New Market Md Feb 10

Miss Tillie Thompson
354 East Pratt Street
Baltimore Md                                      

East New Market

Feb 9th 1871

My dear Aunt,

Your very welcome letter came the day I mailed one to you, so I concluded to wait a day or two before answering.  I am expecting to go to Vienna on Wednesday or Thursday, and may remain several weeks, I shall stop at Mr Thomas Higgins, stay a few days at several other places.  Mrs Ball came to see me on Saturday and brought the pocket book that contained those notes belonging to Grandmother.  I shall make an effort to have the notes formed in two and belonging to Sister the other


to myself and draw the interest due on some of the notes.  Brother Johnnie will arrange this for me.  I have not forgotten that I owe you one dollar and a half that was paid to me for your trunk.  I think strange that neither Cousin Annie or Mr Thompson have answered my letters.  I am anxious to see you, I should like to have some means or employment that I could like in the City.  I generally feel more animated and ready to enjoy life, yet I am improving.  I find it very pleasant in town, I like the people and I am inclined to be more sociable – I had a letter from Uncle James, he is going to


send me some money in (change?).  Dr McKenney has left, he has gone to Laurel Md.  Bishop Lay came last week to ascertain what salary could be paid toward the support of a minister who would preach at Federalsburg, Vienna, and ___ place.  I hope he will not be long without one.  Mr Brown is holding a revival meeting.  Mr Christian has been converv[t]ed I think he will join the Episcopal church – I am reading “Oliver Twist” it is interesting, I am learning to pay ‘chess’ am delighted with this amusement.  I saw Mr Donohoe this afternoon, I have not been out there, am wai[ting] for Cousin Lizzie to call and see me. I receive as much attention from the gentlemen and Ladies as I could expect.  I have not not to tell of interest. Perhaps I can after I come from Vienna – Write me a long letter, give me all the news. Love to Cousin Martha.

Mrs Ball looks well and seems quite cheerful – Aunt Tillie please


send me a fringed scarf.  I have used that piece of ribbon so constantly that it doesn't look neat and oblige [French affectation?]

Your affectionate Niece

Laura M. Webb



From Laura Webb in East New Market to Matilda Thompson in Baltimore

Laura M. Webb
Tillie - Matilda H Thompson
Mr Thomas Higgins
Mrs Ball
Grandmother – Mary (Payne) Thompson, or possibly Jane (Phillips) Webb
Brother Johnnie
Cousin Annie
Mr Thompson
Uncle James
Dr McKinney
Bishop Lay
Mr Brown
Mr Christian
Mr Donohoe
Cousin Lizzie
Cousin Martha