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Karen V. Hansen

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Chapter 3: “Our Eyes Behold Each Other”: Masculinity and Intimate Friendship in Antebellum New England1

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“Our Eyes Behold Each Other”: Masculinity and Intimate Friendship in Antebellum New England1
“Our eyes behold each other”: Masculinity and intimate friendship in antebellum new England
KarenV.Hansen

A 23-year-old box factory worker, J. Foster Beal, wrote to his friend, Brigham Nims, a teacher, in 1834, expressing a teasing camaraderie between the two and the importance of caregiving in their friendship.

Well Brig:

I suppose you have got to be a school master, since you was in Boston, you need not be so stuck up (as jock Downing says) because you are tucked down in the least post of Nelson, I have been there myself, I guess you have forgot all about you being at Boston last Sept. when you was so sick, and I took care of you, doctored ...

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