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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 106

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Pencil. Dated: Saturday morning. Postmarked: Mar. 12.

PUBLICATION: Home 263-264.

Edward Dickinson's guardianship of the Newman girls put the whole family in a difficult position. Though Newman had left a comfortable estate, he bequeathed most of it to missionary societies. The girls came to Amherst accompanied by their father's sister, Mrs. Fay, and lived in the house owned by Dickinson, on the east side of the common. The Sweetser children were to be cared for during the summer by their aunt Elizabeth, the still unmarried youngest Dickinson sister, who divided her time among various members of the family. The "Paper" alluded to was the Hampshire and Franklin Express, which was undergoing a change of management under the ownership of the Adams family; J.R. Trumbull no longer served as editor.

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