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Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1840 June 20

Letter from Julia Hyde to Lucy Goodale, 1840 June 20
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My dear Lucy

Is there not some secret sympathy by which our souls hold intercourse? or is it that "coming events cast their shadows before" that for several days before I received your most welcome letter I have been thinking of you much more than usual - and wishing to hear from you - though I hardly thought of expecting a letter.

How I should love to look out at your window- that scenery is indeed delightful and we have nothing like it here. Yet how truly we may say "the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." I have taken Lydia for my companion lately - in walking I mean - but I miss the dear ones who used to be my companions. Lydia is getting considerably interested in learning the names of the flowers we find - she asks for the "Botany" as soon as we come in - but it was not until within two or three weeks that the Botany was removed from its winter quarters to a place in our sitting room. Dear little Mary had planned so much enjoyment in walks and flowers - but is she not now "Where everlasting spring abides

and never withering flowers" and we would not recall her to a world of sin and sorrow. No - our grief is mingled with joy - I trust with gratitude, on her account.

I spent several days of "Anniversary week" in Boston - with


Miss Mann - I met also Miss S Brigham Miss Savage and Mrs. Trask. I was deeply interested in the meetings I attended, Missionary, Tract, Seamen's Friend, Sabbath School, etc. Oh Lucy- how much good there is to be done in the world - does not your heart burn within you when you think of it. I heard Mr. Meigs from Ceylon, make two addresses, he is a veteran missionary you know. I heard Mr. Condit too - with not a little pleasure. But after all I felt rather covetous of the hours spent in the dusty, noisy city, where every thing was life and fragrance and beauty in the country. That was just the season of greatest beauty if we may choose where all are beautiful - the softness and freshness of Spring with all the various tints of green had not given place to the deeper and more uniform tinge of Summer.

Your account of "arrangements" for the summer rather frighten me I must confess - Do you not feel some danger of an explosion under such high pressure? in other words is your health equal to such unceasing and intense application? Take care of yourself, dear Lucy - I see not that you have any mercy to expect from Miss Lyon. I do not know but will set me down for a heretic now - but you know I do love and respect her still. As to studying Latin next year - I asked my father and mother - mother said "yes, it would be a good thing" - Papa feeling in jocose mood, said only that he "liked to have girls study Latin to keep them out of mischeif," but he had just before been inviting me to take it up. My opinion is not worth much - but I should like to have you study it. I know something of the discomfort of "knowing a little and but a little." I think Latin is study which would require the assistance of a teacher more than some others - and I think it a useful and desirable acquisition . Since then your opportunities for intellectual cultivation will continue, I hope, after you leave school and since I think you may


do as well without some other things. I see no objection to studying to say the least.

Rufus Seaver spent an hour or two at Dr. Ames' yesterday afternoon - he speaks of some encouragements and some discouragements in Marlboro. Those who have known him speak of a very marked change in his character - his sister Elisabeth who spent a few days here not long since appeared very interesting, I thought. Are not our bitterest trials often mingled with the sweetest comforts? I think it has been so with us lately - our hearts are rejoiced in dear Mary Lucy's decision - of the joy she gives us cannot be told. And dear Charlotte and Thomas, though we are not yet permitted to hear that they are born again are both apparently inquiring for the path of life. Pray for them - dear Lucy. Charlotte is now in Stockbridge - she will probably return in three or four weeks. Perhaps you have thought me fo too urgent in the request that you would write her, but she has often expressed the same wish, and since she has been led to the very brink of ruin by companions who were destitute not only of the one thing needful but of moral sensibilities and intellectual taste to a said degree. I am desirous that she should have intercourse with those whose influence will be anything like right. It is an interesting circumstance that her friends Nancy and Elizabeth Draper are both thinking much of the "way to be saved." They are teaching this summer - one in Milford, the other in Framingham. Has not God designs of mercy for that circle of youth-

Lydia has stood by me - drawing and prattling all the time I have written - now tea time has come so I must bid My Lucy "good night"

Sabbath eve- I have just returned from the grave of Nancy Harrington. After a winter months of exquisite suffering she has left this


world for another - and we are not without hope that it has been a happy exchange. She seemed much interested in religious instruction, spoke with deep regret of the manner in which she had lived and expressed a confidence in the Savior as her support in the hours of suffering and death - Oh that this event might be useful to her circle of friends. I presume you remember her as your schoolmate.


Monday morn- washing day, you know— Pray how do you get on with such days at the Seminary? Do you never feel discouraged? or is that word ruled out of the vocabulary? In the matter of my going to South Hadley you all speak of it as a thing of course - but to me it seems far otherwise. For I have never received any intimation from Miss Lyon that it is possible. In case it should be I should like to give the place to Abby Rice— I think she deserves it more than I - she thinks it impossible to study


at home, while to me it is not only possible but delightful. If you could negotiate this & let me know I should like exceedingly to tell her she might go. Thomas came home Saturday eve to spend Sabbath with us - it was good to see him.


{envelope} Wayland, Mass June 22

Miss Lucy T. Goodale Mt. Holyoke Fem. Sem. South Hadley, Mass


{vertically in the margins of the first page:} We had sweet visit of nearly a week from Adeline lately. She and I were planning a joint letter to you, but Mrs. Farrar was unwell and sent for her a few days sooner than we expected. She is very well grows fleshy strangely. Mrs. Farrar has three neices at the Sem. ^{the} Misses Chapin & Miss Cary She asked me to send much love from her to them when I wrote. My love to Miss Mary Chapin, Miss Whitman, Misses {Ordny?}, Leach, Brown, etc - I hoped to see Miss Tirril in Boston & was sorry not to have that pleasure, but glad she was able to return.

Thanks for your offer of the abstract - from {?}it - will be room enough to bring it. Abby Rice sends love also - Mrs Ames & Mary Lucy - Papa Mamma - etc -

There is an interesting state of things in Framingham about to inquire and some cares of hope. We are not altogether without interesting things here - though there are peculiar trials.

Oh dear, one sheet of paper is too small, but I know I have not written well enough to deserve a larger one. It is sweet to commend all our dear friends to one who is able to do for them exceeding {?} more than we can ask or think. May that Friend our Saviour be ever near my dear Lucy.


{vertically, in margin between second and third page:} I read to Pa what I have written about going - he says he has no suggestion - but wants me to go too + he charged me expressly to say so. Adieu adieu. votre Julia.

{upside down in upper margin of second/third page:} Be sure that Abby has the procedure now. I am {?} enough to think she {neglects} it - {visit/next?}

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