At this time of year as students are headed back to college I am reminded of a letter Carrie wrote to her father Gilbert Terry dated 12 September 1880 from Trenton, New Jersey. Carrie was beginning her second year in a 2 year program at the Normal School in Trenton, New Jersey where she was taking classes to become a School Teacher. The ‘Normal School’ in Trenton was established in 1855 as the first teacher training institution in New Jersey and the 9th in the Untied States.
light brown line shows trip by boat from Eastern Long Island to New York City“Dear Father,
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I suppose you have been looking for a letter ever since I left home. I meant to have written immediately but circumstances prevented. I will commence at the beginning and tell you about all that has happened since I left home. We had a very pleasant trip on the boat. It was a little foggy but not enough to hinder our progress. We arrived at New York about six o’clock.
Bennie Moore, Uncle Calvin’s son, was on board and since he is Hannah’s cousin and devoted himself particularly to her, of course, I became acquainted. He has been to Yale College and is now engaged in teaching somewhere in Brooklyn or New York. He is well educated but for all that he is sometimes a little queer, and it is amusing to hear him talk. There were a great many on the boat among them three negro women who had births in the cabin. During the evening I went into the cabin to put on my cloak and they sat there talking. It seems one of them had been talking with a medium. It was really interesting and laughable to hear her talk. I did not listen long so am not able to repeat anything that she said. We were met at the boat by Mr. Higgins and another young fellow, Mr. Henderson by name. Mr. Higgins was at Mr. Baldwin Terry’s boarding and we met him there on the fifth of July when we were there. Perhaps you remember him, I did. Mr. Henderson has been boarding at Mr. Terry’s too this summer although he was not there at the time we were. Mr. Higgins, because he had met me before I suppose, devoted himself to me and left Mr. Henderson to wait on Hannah.
Enjoy the journey,