A few of our ladies fired to a more fastidious taste, bought their best
bonnets at Mrs Osbern's in Northampton, sometimes venturing as high a price as
These works of art were carefully packed in really huge bandboxes of those days,
made of high colored paper and ornamented with with [sic] most tropical scenes and ex-
aggerated flowers unknown to any botany. Thise [sic] treasures were carefully committed
to the sincerest protection of Brown, the always-driver of the daily four-horse stage
coach that ran betwen Amherst and Northampton, which left us quite early in the
morning and brought up with cracking whip in front of the Post Office promptly at
five in the afternoon. Brown delived [sic] these boxes with a positively tender
unrewarded by the scene behind closed doors, -- the tilting and trying of this foreign
bit of millinery so tragically disturbing to any woman of taste and ambition!
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