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Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1839 December 12

Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1839 December 12
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Wayland, Dec 12, 1839

My own dear Lucy

Were I to judge by feeling only, of the length of time which has elapsed since the arrival of your letter, I might say it was a year since I heard from you. But when I examine the letter itself, I find noted on its outside "received Oct 26th," so that even now your must give me the credit of being a little better than my word.

And shall I tell you why it is that time has trod so heavily? Had you looked in upon our humble domicile five weeks ago, you would have seen parents, sisters and brothers all at home, sharing in all the joy or sorrow, that is the common lot of quiet families, but feeling that the enjoyment of home were more precious than aught else on earth. But now we are scattered, and of the youthful group only Mary and I are left. We have often felt that we had peculiar reasons for gratitude for the happiness granted us as a family - it may be that we shall learn some new lessons by being separated. But to give you some details - with Mamma's feeble health we felt some serious difficulties in education our

little Sarah at Wayland, and did not long hesitate in accepting an earnest request that she should go to Stockbridge with some friends about removing there. So for some time we were occupied in preparing her for departure, and four weeks since I accompanied her to Framingham where she was committed to the charge of friends in the cars to be away from us - we know not how long. Then time, thought, everything, must be devoted to Adeline and Charlotte, for, a few days previous, it had been decided that they should spend the winter away, one in New York, the other in Ware. One week from last Tuesday they both left us - and then Thomas was equipped to spend a few weeks with Mr Champion, a dear missionary, who is for the present at Dover, about 10 or 12 miles from us. No doubt you will like to know that we have heard of the safe arrival of the dear girls at their places of destination. Charlotte is not very far from you - she asked me to say that she wishes you would write to her - and I hope you will. And now do you wonder that I feel alone sometimes? We seem but the wreck of our former selves - and Ma in the fatigue and anxiety occasioned by the changes has had a return of bleeding which has reduced her to the necessity of being confined to her chamber most of the time for a week past. Besides all this, we have some bitter trials in our relation to the people in Wayland - but "grief itself hath sweetness

at home, dear home," and I feel myself pleasantly situated when I can enjoy the society of my beloved parents, or the prattle of dear little Mary.

Now, Lucy dear, I have set you a fine example of egotism, and much as I desire you to be good, I want you to follow it when you write -- I am not so absorbed

in selfish sorrows or household cares, or anything else, that my thoughts do not sometimes fly to South Hadley, and employ themselves in picturing your pursuits, your associates, your improvement. But I need to know more about you. Are you still in No. 17? Who shares your room, what books are you reading and studying? Are you well and happy? And how do things move on around you? I have long been looking for a "Catalogue", but no such things has appeared. We have a friend here spending some weeks with us who brought Dr. Anderson's address and Miss Lyon's pamphlet on education which I was much gratified to see. This lady is Miss Collins from Westfield, she has been engaged in teaching more than thirty years, and she is a little like Miss Lyon.

I received a letter from Miss Reed yesterday. She said you were well and that every thing was getting on well in the family. She said too that there were some indications of the presence of the Holy Spirit among you. Oh I trust you may be richly blest. I am indebted to Miss Leach for a very kind letter, which I hope to answer ere long. A friend called on us this morning who visited Miss S. Brigham yesterday. She and her sister Hannah are teaching a school in Westborough —but her health is poor.

I have had a letter from Miss Whitman, giving some encouragement that Charlotte may be received. She has given up the idea of trying to enter the Senior Class, because her eyes have been so weak that she could not use them much--but she hopes to study some. I hope you do not forget the dear one--will not you especially remember her on Saturday evenings.

On the first Sabbath in December, seven persons were admitted to our church, among whom were Abby Rice

and our dear Adeline. Should we not be thankful for this?

MIss Reed said in her letter that Mrs Cowles and her little Mary would probably visit you soon. I should like to see them. She said too that you were really incommoded for seats at meeting. I want you should tell me all about things with you—meetings—and all good things.

I have not heard from Elizabeth since my visit there but I hope to do so soon for I have written to her recently.

I supposer taking walks is not very much in vogue in these days, but I hope you contrive to keep in good health and spirits. This, you know, is very essential to your progress in study, and I think you are in some danger of neglecting it.

There is some excitement in this vicinity in regard to smallpox. There have been some cases of exposure here—Nancy Harrington whom you will remember as your school mate is considerably sick - she has a scrofulous complaint and her recovery is doubtful. Oh - write to Charlotte A. Hyde, care of W Hyde Esq. Ware Village -- Adieu

Wayland Ms. Dec 16 Miss Lucy T. Goodale Mt. Holyoke Fem Seminary South Hadley Mass.

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I asked Abby Rice very earnestly to write to you, and she gave some encouragement of doing so, before coming. Of course you must not fail to answer her. Mary Lucy said one day she thought of writing to you. I know not but she has done so. She thinks now perhaps she should should like to go to the Seminary — if Charlotte does.

I begin to think the "two months" rather long, but I am buried, and should not that you were so, and I remember your mother thought I asked a great deal, even at that. Do not — I beg of you — say anything about being in my debt- your letters always put me to the blush. I should not so write to you did I not know you would judge with the eye of friendship.

Dear Lucy I trust you— do not find yourself so absorbed in study as to wander from the path to heaven - study to flourish.

{upside down in the margins of the third page:} Sabbath eve, Abby Rice came to me Saturday eve and wanted me to ask you to seek application to Miss Lyon in her behalf *

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  • you may say almost any thing good for her, she is about {a as zz?}, has sought school, and is being good. I hope the application will not fail — if I were you I would write a note to Miss Lyon rather than talk to her.

{upside down in the margins of the fourth page:} I do not know but but you must begin the correspondence with Abby — I do want you should write to her. Miss Collins asks to be remembered to Miss {Arcandth?} {Veil?}. Miss Morris Whitney & Miss Mary Bennett. She is a {unintelligible}.

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Love to Miss Reed, Miss Leach, Misses {? ?} and others whom I love. My mother desires love to yours. Julia.

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