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Letter from Julia Hyde to Abby B. Hyde,1838 August 04

Letter from Julia Hyde to Abby B. Hyde,1838 August 04
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Clarke, Julia (Hyde) South Hadley, Aug. 4, 1838

So it seems our amiable P. Mortese chooses that I should write no more letters on that large thick paper. I believe he has never before done aught to my affairs, but some of the young ladies fell under his disapprobation by writing on newspapers and pamphlets.

I received your letter on Thursday, and its predecessor on Friday of the week preceding. I have nothing sweeter than letters from home among all the sweet things that fall to my lot here. They remind me of what Wilberforce {wind?wish} of the flowers, they seemed to him "the smiles" of a heavenly Father. On the same day with the first one, came the money from Cousin William and my first thought was, "oh dear, what shall I do with so much money." for I was just in those days out of sorts with money matters, as my last letter told you. But better thoughts have come now, and I thank my kind father for sending it, and will try to take care of it.

Business multiplies upon us apace as the expected days draw near and nearer. Our Algebra must be all reviewed, and we are not yet quite through. But only think, I have this week done the most difficult problem in Day's Algebra, all myself. While it was pending I was in a brown study all the time, and I verily think I should have gone crazy had "y3" haunted me by night as by day. But I had sweet visits at home in sleep, and so was kept from mathematic frenzy. But reviews and hard study and things of this sort are inseparable attendants of "the last days of school," and are an exhausted theme. I will turn to another which deserves at least the credit of novelty. Miss Lyon who is as full of plans as Mr Emer-son has planned to have this whole house made clean by the young ladies along with the other great things to be done in these days. She thinks it not "best for the Institution" to have this "house cleaning" done by foreign aid, and moreover in this wonderfully good place the people are too good to furnish a sufficiency of washer-women were she disposed to get them. So nothing remains but for us to do it with all that "neatness, celerity and vivacity for which we are celebrated," by doing


each four hours of "extra of extras." in work, you know we have "extra" work twice every week already. Oh, Miss Lyon is so curious. I wish you could see her sometimes.

I should like to have been of the party to Boston and vicin-ity. I have been very much pleased with the accounts you sent. My heart is at home all the day, I believe, and it flies there by night. I really enjoy dreaming. It is very sweet to be loved and to return that love, and heaven never seems more desirable than when I think of it as a world of love.

The papers tell long stories about the "Coronation." I suppose if I live to be an old woman I shall think with some interest that I remember the coronation of at least two English sovereigns.

Oh, sweet little Mary, how big she will seem to me, and doubtless I shall seem much bigger to her. She loves her father dearly it seems, and she is a happy baby of which I am glad. I hope she will never be a looker on the dark side, like some of her elders.

You speak of the silence of Stockbridge friends. I think they seem quite reserved this summer. I have had scarcely three letters from them — all.

Prof. Coles has just come. I know not how long he is to stay, but when he came before, he made usquite a visitation.

I have been trying to learn to read this summer, but I think it is a forlorn case. I read too fast and and seem to have something in my mouth. The difficulty seems to be partly in the voice.

My walks lately have made me the owner of several splendid orchises and cardinal flowers which have drawn much admiration, and people not a few. I have given them all away now. The Cuscutan too, I have found abundantly, and it seems a new thing to almost everybody.

Lucy has received a letter from home to day, and I call this the happy week because she and I have had letters from home and Elizabeth one, from her sister at Framingham.

I think I shall enjoy my visit to Stockbridge very much and to Cornwall also. Have you any word of advice to


give me? I may find means of going to Springfield on Thurs-day, but possibly I shall be obliged to wait till the stage on Friday, if so I cannot reach Lee till Saturday, I suppose. I should like to have you say whether it is best for me to take my cloak to Stockbridge.

Three or four of the young ladies are to spend the vacation here, poor solitary things in this great house, but if they are like me, they may be happy some for the very stillness which reigned when they all went to the Mountains seemed to inspire me with gladness.

I think Lucy's mother rather wished her to remain here next year, and it is among the possibles that she will yet do so. They had recently heard from Constantinople and Lucy had two letters from that place waiting her arrival.

One of the young ladies is now considerably sick, she will probably haver a course of fever. A sad place this for sick people.

Monday morn. Well I have washed my clothes and my half the floor, so my washing is done. It is very warm this morning and we go upstairs with lagging steps.

One of the young ladies who was here last winter was buried yesterday morning, and what makes it more sad her friends probably have reason to feel that her death was in some measure owing to her exertions in washing here. She had been home on a visit and taken cold. a few days after her return an accident happened to the tablecloths, and she being the leader of the table setters, went, after all her other work on cold Monday, and worked and ironed a set. This with her previous cold made her sick and she has ever since been in a consumption.

Another young lady who roomed last winter in No. 26 close to us has now an inflammation on the lungs and her recovery is doubtful. Both these young ladies are from towns near this, one from Granby, the other from Belchertown.

I am amused sometimes, to think of the life I have led here. It has been a quiet, almost monotonous one, yet I and all around


me seem to have been hurried on with an irresistible rapidity. Leaving out the first weeks of each term, examination and dedication, there is scarce anything left as a landmark for memory, it has been one level plain. Yet when I look on it the impression made on me is precisely like that produced by gazing for a long time on a steep, noiseless but rapid stream, a sort of indescribable bewilderment.

I could not help laughing Saturday when Lucy read in her mother's letter that they thought she had "become very enthusiastic" because this opinion was produced by reading her account of the ride to Deerfield, whereas my account of the same matter led you to think me a perfect stoic. I assure you, I felt highly flattered with the compliment you paid to me recounting faculties, in believing even more than it was my object to prove. I know not what magic or metamorphosing power they may exercise over me at Stockbridge, but suspect I shall come home as {?} as I went away.

I long to spend a Monday at home, for thought they are hard days there, they are harder, hardest here. I do not {know?} if they Seminary would live long should Miss Lyon be remembered. We are a loud noisy net of folks, we sometimes disturb the quiet of Mr. Conoli [circular red mark] which very unfortunately is in the corner [circular red mark] us. I think he had best return to the other side.

Postmark: S. HADLEY AUGUST 6 MASS. [in blue ink] 10 Mrs. Abby B. Hyde Wayland. Ms.

[vertically between the second and third pages] I do not {?} but this {shut?} holds as much as the larger ones almost. When you write next do give

[upside down on the second and third pages] We had a bushel of whistleberries on the tables one day last week to eat with our milk at supper. They were given to us.

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