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Letter from Julia Hyde to Rev. Lavius Hyde, 1838 March 02

Letter from Julia Hyde to Rev. Lavius Hyde, 1838 March 02
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South Hadley, March 2, 1838.

My own dear father, mother, brother and sisters,

You cannot tell how often my heart has been going to you to day, yet I have been more happy than almost any other day since I came here. For this happiness I can assign several reasons. It is a very pleasant day, and my feelings have shared in the genial influences of light and sunshine. It has been a holiday. Miss Lyon has come home and I felt as if my mother had returned after an absence. {portion of page missing}

receipt of your last, received on Monday the 19th. I am indebted to you. Good bye. I must study Euclid.

Saturday 4 o'clock P. M. I am very glad to be able to come back to talking with you. I attended a prayer meeting this morning at half past six. the lecture room was crowded and the meeting was very interesting and solemn. There has been preaching all day, but I have not been able to attend on account of my recitations. Mr. Clarke of Chicopee has been with Mr. Condit for a day or two. Miss Hodgeman went to Sunderland on Monday and there saw Mr Hidder. He was preaching there, she said.

In your last some inquiries were made respecting my {portion of page missing}

What will they say next? How is it with our Unitarians? But stop, am I quite sure that you are none of you telltales? Now raise your hands if you will not make bad uses of my talk. I think you would be amused to hear what Miss Lyon and Miss Coldwell say to us about spreading reports. Miss Lyon is so happy since she came home, she goes around the house and admires the works of her own hands. Come now do not you want to beg some money for our library? George Farrar came here a few days since, as his cousin Miss Chapin told me. He brought one of the young ladies who had been visiting at Amherst. Miss Mary Chapin has promised to make me a visit when she goes to see her Aunt, Mrs Farrar, and I have promised to make her one also. One day when I was scouring kitchens she brought a lady and introduced her to me as Miss Julia Hyde, so the two Julias curtsied to each other and one said "I have seen you before I think." "Yes at Mr Robbins!" the other said the {?} Miss Julia Hyde whom we once saw at Enfield {portion of page missing} the half sister of Miss Chapin. I have had letters from {portion missing} Uncle Edward and Cousin S. Williams since I wro{portion missing}. They all desired love to you. Miss Fanny Williams and Cousin Harriet had just returned from a visit to Ellington when Sarah wrote. She said nothing of Mrs Abbott, but mentioned that the saw Mrs Pitkin Mrs Brockway and Judge Hall's daughter who were well. Mrs P.'s little daughter of six months old has the credit of being a "fine child." her name is given but I cannot quite spell it out. "Kelle" I should think.

How short your last letters have been. Do pray fill the sheet full though I am much obliged to you for a short one I never write short letters, so you should not.

It seems to me there was something queer about the dismission of the minister at Worcester. . . at least the papers made it seem so. How many queer things there are. Miss Caldwell said that women's letters always had a postscript, and that she had several times this winter written over a letter when she had forgotten something rather than to write a postscript because then they would say, "just like a woman's letter" and Miss Brigham said she once saw a letter with just the postscript "I have nothing more to say." Am not I a good girl.

I have not put in a single postscript in my letters home.

Give my love to Mary Kent and tell her that when Lucy comes I hope to have an opportunity to answer her kind letter. I am very sorry not to receive the bundle by the way of Framingham.

One thing about myself I must tell you. One Monday I felt a little tired and looked a little sad and I said "I wish i could see my mother." Upon this Miss Goodale accused me of being discouraged, and I told her that the folks always said I looked on the dark side but she said she had never found it out and she would not quite

believe it. Have not I been very good? Ah, how foolish a letter i must have written. I dare not read it. I wish I could grow wiser and write better letters. But the thoughts come out and come onto the paper almost involuntarily. We must live in hopes. perhaps I shall get wiser sometime.

I likelove to think of the reasons when perhaps my dear father are praying for me, and then I hope indeed I shall be enabled to become better and wiser. Good night,

Sabbath-eve. just returned from meeting. . a very solemn and interesting day. church filled to overflowing. I think there is more feeling in the Seminary than at any previous time. pray for us. To day is sweet little Mary's birth day. I have thought much of the dear little girl. Good bye.

{written sideways} Prof. Condit preached to day and this evng. It is said that he is about to go to Portland. Love to M. Ames and her daughters also to others.

Rev. Lavius Hyde, Wayland, Ms{portion missing}

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