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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1841 June 01

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1841 June 01
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South Hadley. June 1, 1841 My dear Mrs. Goodale

Do not these sweet and summer days waken now and then a thought of "the Seminary." Where dear Lucy used to enjoy them so much? She was so full of admiration for the mountains in their soft, fresh robe. I cannot look at them without thinking of her. And I know this spot is beloved for her sake, and that you are interested in our welfare.

Miss Lyon spoke to me last evening in regard to the application for Persis Thurston. She inquired where to direct her reply, and as I supposed Mrs. Thurston to be in Marlboro, I offered to be the bearer of her message. She said, "Will you tell them that though in any ordinary case I could not receive so late an applicant, I do not feel at liberty to refuse Miss Thurston. I must reserve a place for her." I am very happy to communicate a certain affirmative, though I should not have hesitated to predict such an answer. Charlotte mailed a catalogue for Persis this morning which she will doubtless receive.

We are in affliction here. One of our number is sick and we fear not far from death. She was taken two or three weeks before vacation with a typhus fever which has reduced her strength to nothing and has not yet left her. For two weeks there have been also some other difficulties, but though there has been fear, hope has predominated that she would in time (and the physician said it must be a long time) recover. But yesterday he ^{said} she could not survive many of the paroxysms of suffering which come before her - and advised that her father be sent for. I suppose there is still much hope - but her case is


is felt to be very critical. Not many weeks before her own sickness she was called home by the death of her mother. Her sister was sent for before vacation and has been with her since. I believe I have not mentioned her name, Sophia Arnold. She has not been able to say much from the commencement of her fever, but she has been very peaceful and her request for our prayers was that "she might love God and be resigned to his will."

We had an examination at the close of last term, it occupied four afternoons and was thought a very good one, but as I was not present I cannot say much for it. Miss Lyon's object in this division was to avoid the fatigue, mental and bodily, which the closing weeks have brought upon the young ladies. They will be in a better condition to bear the meeting with friends now, and it seems, like most of Miss Lyon's plans, very wise. I do think that Miss Lyons' own ill health has made her more considerate for the infirmities of flesh and blood in others. She cannot endure much. She spent vacation here for Miss Arnold's sake as the other teachers were away - and the same course, with the cares attending the commencement of the term and the going on of the new building have kept her since. She is convinced that she must leave and recruit for next year - and thinks of doing so next week. This new building, I must just tell you how it gets on. The walls are entirely complete, the roof on - and they are fitting it within, commencing our long piazza, and laying the foundations of the wing. It already presents a very imposing appearance ^{the seminary} being nearly one half larger than before.

A letter from father yesterday informed me that they had left Wayland, and expected to be on the wing this week. Their first destination is Stockbridge - I presume they were in Springfield yesterday or to day. Father will probably call upon us ere long but they were hesitating as to mother's ability to come to us and I presume we shall not see them. I am not in the least sorry they have left - W - though it is rather a sober thought that I shall not probably see it or any friends in its vicinity again.

June 4th. My poor letter has had a long season of obscurity and neglect but really letter writing hours are far and in between. Our recreation hours are so much needed for walking, and when we are once out there are so many temptations to protract our visits to grove and hill, that the time all slips away.


I do not know that I have mentioned it as one of our daily duties to walk 1/2 a mile - and we give the account in sections, as regularly as on any point of law.

Miss Arnold, the sick lady, is a little more comfortable yesterday and to day, and the physician expresses some hope that she may recover. Miss Lyon left us on Wednesday - I suppose she is in Boston ere this. We have had tidings of the safe arrival of parents, brother and sister at Stockbridge. They went through from Dover to Lee in one day - with not special fatigue on mama's part.

A visit to the mountains is in contemplation for Monday. This too reminds me of Lucy-. Mr. Hawkes was speaking of her to me one day - he mentioned that she rode in his carriage in the last summer visit, and spoke of her enthusiastic enjoyment in all around. If I go, it will be my first visit there - I very much hope to be able. I think of Mary sometimes in my botanic excursions - is she as fond of flowers as ever? I should like her here to study "nature" with me. And dear little Harriet too - I do not forget her. Love for them both. I had a fine visit with dear little Sarah this spring vacation.

I have said nothing about the religious state of our family, and sometimes I fear the few who are still without hope are to remain so. The little band of seven have remained without apparent change for two or three months.Some of the we almosthope are christians - and some seem as thoughtless as ever. It will be sad if among so many professed christians there is not enough of faith and love to offer that effectual fervent prayer which shall prevail in their behalf.

This letter needs an apology - and indeed I feel myself an intruder to claim your attention, while you are enjoying the society of those dear missionary friends, of whose coming Lucy thought so much. You have met to weep together, but those dear ones who have met in heaven - they sorrow no more. I esteem it a privilege to be permitted thus to hold intercourse with you - dear Mrs. Goodale, it would leave a blank in my heart to hear no more from "Lucy's home."

Present affectionate regards to Miss Persis - tell her I hope to meet here as a


friend - ere many weeks pass. Affectionately yours

Julia.


Postmark: SOUTH HADLEY JUN 5 Mass. Mrs. Millicent W. Goodale Marlborough Mass

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