July 12, 1873 letter from young George H. Patten, "Georgie", to his friend Amory McLellan Houghton, who had previously written to George from Quebec, while presumably on a voyage with his father, sea captain John Reed Houghton. The Pattens and Houghtons were seafaring and shipbuilding families from the Bath, Maine, area.
See another letter written to Amory on this same day by John Owen Patten, perhaps a cousin of George H. Patten, who may have been the Georgie mentioned in John's letter.
Read more about the ancestors of the Patten family in midcoast Maine here.
See images of the panes of Georgie's letter, which you can enlarge by clicking on them, and a transcript at the end of this post.
Mentioned in the letter:
- Amory - Amory McLellan Houghton, son of John Reed Houghton and Emma P. (McLellan) Houghton
- Dot - presumably Amory's dog
- The Harts - the family with whom Amory's dog Dot has been staying
- Mort - who fell on a picket but survived and enjoyed the write-up in the Bath and Portland papers
- Georgie - another Georgie, not the letter writer
- Clara Gannet - who died the previous day
- August Morse - drowned with Bertie Anderson
- Bertie Anderson - Herbert Maxwell Anderson, son of Dr. Samuel Anderson - drowned with August Morse
- Mrs. Richardson - talks of a trip to Moosehead Lake
- Aunt Kate, cousin Georgie and cousin Cad
- Georgie H. Patten - letter writer George H. Patten
- Nan and Mort
Amory McLellan Houghton was born October 11, 1859 at Bath, Maine, the son of ship builder John Reed Houghton and Emma P. (McLellan) Houghton. Amory's mother was also from a shipbuilding family; her father, James Henry McLellan, owned a large fleet at Bath, Maine. The Maine Maritime Museum has items of dress she wore at her wedding to John Reed Houghton; they can be seen here. The information describing the items mentions that Emma died in childbirth when Amory was seven years old.
On March 11, 1890, Amory married Jane McIlvaine, "Jenny", at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amory and Jennie lived at Bath, Maine, and had three children, a daughter and two sons. In 1892 Amory applied for a passport, along with Sydney J. Meeker, with the intention of going to Cuba, presumably for business. On the 1910 Census, Amory listed his occupation as "salt dealer", and on later censuses as a merchant. He died in 1926 at Bath, Maine; he and his wife, who died in 1945, are buried at Maple Grove Cemetery at Bath, Maine.