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Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1839 October 14

Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1839 October 14
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Wayland Oct 14, 1839

My dear Lucy,

I wonder if it storms today in South Hadley. How susceptible we all are to influences from things around us. We are like chamelions taking our hue from the circumstances in which we are.I do love dearly to have a day of storms once in a while.I believe it suits my nature; for I have a tinge of the melancholy in me. Today it is a slow, constant rain with little or no wind, and you hear no noise out of doors but the monotonous pattering of the small drops.I said I liked a rainy day, and so I do, but when the sunshine comes again it almost makes me wish for the wings of a bird that I might fly away to enjoy it. I do not know that I am peculiarly impressible on these points, I do not think indeed that I am so, but I certainly take a great deal of comfort in the weather.

I have been thinking how beautiful South Hadley must look now when all "the trees have their autumn beauty on." I dare say you have taken a great deal of comfort in those dear mountains. I cannot tell you often in my life I have echoed the expression of W Howitt, "Thanks be to God for the mountains." By the way I wish you would get Cheever's "Common Place Book" and read there

an article about mountains. I think you would like it.

Now after all this palaver it seems high time to inquire after your welfare. And when you tell me anything perhaps you may as well begin at the beginning. How did you prosper in your journey. What did you see and do? When did you get to the Seminary? Who did you see? What did they say to you? What did they do with you? Who is your roommate? What do you study? Where do you room? How do things look about you? What walks do you take? How happy are you? How many old scholars are there? Where do you sit at the table? Where at meeting? How well are you? Well perhaps this will do as to questions I do not know but I shall make myself out more inquisitive than yourself.

I staid at Marlborough until Saturday after you left and had a very pleasant visit with Elizabeth. I spent one night with Mary Lucy, and called on Lucy Warren. I went also to hear the lecture at your father's on Thursday evening. Elizabeth brought me home and she says she will try to visit me this winter. All the way during our ride home I looked this way and that for some fringed gentian, but none appeared. But when I came into the room at home one of the first things I saw was a large cluster of the flowers in question on the mantel shelf. So I got some of them for Elizabeth 's herbarium without further ceremony.

To day is Charlotte's birthday. She is sixteen years old. Dear child, you know how much I have felt for her. No you do not quite, but you know something about it. I see every day more and more necessity for prayers on her behalf, and I do hope that I have learned some things on this subject. Oh, it is sweet to pray. I most fear now that I shall not come reverently. I was much interested with an expression of I. B. Taylor's it seemed so appropriate to me. He had peculiar solicitudes for a beloved friend, and felt almost overwhelmed in the fervency of his petitions for him. "And can it all

be for nothing?" he enquired. It seemed to him that God would not have given him the earnest desires merely to disappoint them. Nor was it so, his friend found peace and joy in believing. I hope you will pray much for me and for her, for us all.

Tomorrow is the day of the Conference. It is to meet at Southboro. To day is observed by most the churches connected with it, as a day of prayer in reference to that meeting.

We are reading at the table the Memoirs of Mrs Sarah L Smith of the Bayrest Mission. It is a very interesting book. If you can obtain access to it, do read it. Our Upham reading has been somewhat interrupted lately by company, meetings and absences. I fear the thread of connection will be broken--and there lies the difficulty in home studies. Nevertheless there is a great deal of comfort in being at home.

I suppose you have hardly had time yet to decide whether you will read or not? I have preached to you on that subject quite as much as becomes me, so I will even try to let it alone {word obscured} asking you to communicate your plans and projects on that {word obscured} other topics. II should like to hear what Miss Lyon says to you. Pray do not let her hurry you, you are not made to live in a hurry, and that is one reason you are in danger of being unhappy at South Hadley. The stream of Miss Lyon's influence is a very rapid one. But do not once think of being homesick, that is really too bad for a girl of good sense. I know you will not allow it. You may shed some tears, that is not being homesick, but to refuse to eat, drink, sleep, study or laugh for thoughts of home is quite undesirable to say the least. If I could devise some mode of communication with your mother just now I suppose I should find out something about "Lucy" for no doubt you have written to her by this time.

Ma has felt quite well for a week or two past, but this easterly storm is not very favorable to her. She sends you much

love, so do Adeline and Charlotte. Sarah too--she must not be left out. Remember the two weeks. Affectionately your own


Miss Lucy T. Goodale

Mt. Holyoke Fem. Sem.

South Hadley


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