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Object Name Letter, Original
Catalog Number 2015.022.00002
Date May 7, 1855
Scope & Content Letter: original letter written by Fanny to "Very Dear Friend", from Painesville, dated Monday evening, May 7th, 55

Painesville, Monday evening, May 7th /55
Very Dear Friend,
I fear you feel that I sadly neglect you, but if you could only know how very busy I have been for some weeks past, you would not wonder so much at my long silence. I have not ceased to think of you with affection and (?) need I assure you of that fact? I think not. You have doubtless, ene this, received a telegraph containing a notice of he marriage of Stephen Gano and Sarah L. I think. They were married on May morning and left immediately for Cincinnati. I accompanied the bridal party as far as Cleveland where we spent a few hours very pleasantly and then we were obliged to say "good bye" and part. I miss Sarah very much, it seems lonely at home without her but I think she will be very happy in her new home, and I hope to spend some of my time with her. They will probably visit you soon and will be very glad to see you all at their home. Stephen came up the Friday before the wedding accompanied by Lizzie Nicholson and Frances Meeker. Saturday, Dr. McAlaire (?) of Cincinnati and an intimate friend of the Garro's came, and on Monday on of Stephen's cousins, a very pleasant young man. The members of our family were altogether excepting sister Mary (?) and her husband (we were sorry they could not be here). The weather was delightful and every thing passed off pleasantly. I wish you could have been with us. The friends were very much pleased with Painesville. Stephen Gano, thinks it is the handsomest town he has seen in Ohio, It is beautiful - there is an air of taste and comfort about the place, which we do not often find. Such an abundance of fruit-trees I never saw in any other town. They are now in bloom and the air is sweet with their fragrance. We all left the old house where we had been living, the first of April, and are much more pleasantly situated now. We have a very good house, and are of the pleasantest locations in town just south of the "Public Square" which is a lot of land enclosed, and shaded by five maples and other trees with walks intersecting it. It is surrounded on all sides by a street - on the west are several churches and the Court House - on the east the Bank, a hotela dn some other buildigns, and on the norht and south are dwelling houses. Oh! I wish you would all come and see us now. I do hope we shall have the pleasure of seeing you here this summer.
John I received your good letter and was truly grateful for the favor. It made me feel very badly when I learned that our dear school was broken and scattered. I think Mr. Wheeler played you a new trick. You have my sympathy. What od you children do now? Do you go to school and where? Write soon and lett me all about yourselves. I must tell you of my school here. I took charge of the Grammer School for gils. It is quite a responsibile place, and I undertook it with fear and trembeling (?), but Mrs. Howe had reserved that place for me; and there was nothing for me to do but go ahead, and I am happy to say I have suceeded better than I expected. I think I have given very good satisfaction thus far. I like the school very much. I have some over thirty scholary - my average number is about thirty - girls from twleve to seventeen years of age - most of them as large as myself. I have two classes in Natural Philosophy, two in History, one in Written Arthmetic, one in Mental Arithmetic, one in Grammer, one in Geography, one in Reading and Spelling, Writing and (?). Wednesday afternoon is devoted to reading of Compositions and speaking. My school in in the same building with the "High School" and "Grammer School for boys", the building is situated on a large and beautiful grove of oaks and (?) which is (?). We are very .... [writing is very light] ...

Your friend,