I was married when I was twenty-five years old to a man rich in Greek and Hebrew, Latin and Arabic, and, alas! rich in nothing else. When I went to housekeeping, my entire stock of china for parlor and kitchen was bought for eleven dollars. That lasted very well for two years, till my brother was married and brought his bride to visit me. I then found, on review, that I had neither plates nor teacups to set a table for my father's family; wherefore I thought it best to reinforce the establishment by getting me a tea-set that cost ten dollars more, and this, I believe, formed my whole stock in trade for some years.
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Source Notes: Letter to Mrs. Follen, apparently a writer of children's books, 16 February 1853, in A Second Treasury of The World's Great Letters, ed. Wallace Brockway and Bart Keith Winer (1941). Stowe recounts the details of her life to an Englishwoman, emphasizing the details of her household; elsewhere in the letter she refers to her work, recently begun, on Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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