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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1841 July 20

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1841 July 20
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My dear Mrs. Goodale,

I have just laid down your affectionate and welcome letter - and the impulse of my heart is to reply immediately. And there is some reason as well as impulse in the matter, for as examinations come on I shall be much occupied- and when vacation comes - and I fly to that beloved family circle and all the other dear kindred {band?} they will be likely to claim and receive a large share of my attention.

Examination — it is almost here. One week from this afternoon and we shall be experienced in its trials. The exercises are to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons - and Thursday from eight to eleven. A.M. The address follows immediately and we are to dine at two, leaving the afternoon free from public services. How happy I should be to see friends from Marlboro here — though I know you could not come but with a {bad?} remembrance of the past. I have thought Mrs. Thurston might come to see the future home of her dear Persis. May we not look for her?

This is "review week," and I think the young ladies are going on finely - as far as health is concerned. The weather thus far has been very favorable - pleasant, and not excessively warm, and the previous reviews and examinations have relieved us of a mighty load of anxiety. The teachers are trying to keep us in good health and spirits, and the Monday before examinations is to be a holiday - given up for fixing, packing etc. Miss Lyon returned from her journey last week- considerably improved in health. She could not find it in her heart to go so far from us - and relinquished the trip to

Illinois and Virginia with Dean Safford that she might return to her daughters.

Death has been among us - and Sophia is released from her sufferings. Four weeks from to day we were gathered by her bedside to see the last struggle and at sunset of the same day we met again for the funeral service. She died at eight in the morning - and all school duties were suspended through the day. The state of the weather forbade her removal home - and even longer delay here. The evening hour rendered the scene more tender and impressive. We met in the Seminary hall - the young ladies all dressed in white or black with mourning badges - the sorrowing father and sisters, the roommate, nurse and most intimate friend taking their places as chief mourners. Mr. Condit stood in Miss Lyon's desk - and the exercise commenced by singing the hymn.

"In vain my fancy strives to paint," etc. and most sweetly was it sung by our choir. Mr. Condit's address, and prayer which followed were like all his performances - solemn- affectionate- suitable. The we all followed passed in procession to the grave - and there again they sang.

"Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee." and returned silently to our rooms - just as the bell struck for eight. We all felt it to be a solemn hour. During some of the latter weeks of her sickness - Miss Arnold was enabled to look at death not only with resignation but joy and though the mind partook after the weakness of the body and seemed for three or four of the last days to be entirely cut-off from communication with us - there were many things in the midst of her wondering which shewed that it had {?} in Jesus. The day before she died Charlotte sat with her through the day - she did not recognize her - but talked continually of her home and her mother. One sister was with her from the early part of her sickness - and her father and younger sister came in time to see her while she could bid them her last farewell. Her parting message to us was to "love God and serve him now without waiting till we left school and study."

Wednesday morn. An unusually long time has past since our last letter from home. The family were then all in Stockbridge, but father and mother about to

leave for a trip to Connecticut. Mother's health was as usual - except the bruises received from an overturning in one of their rides. She has gained flesh and strength since her journey to L. - I believe it is since my last letter that we have enjoyed a sweet visit from our father, though it was very short. I am waiting rather anxiously for further intelligence - for I fear the effect of the fall upon lungs so easily ruptured. A dear little cousin who was of the party had his arm fractured. Oh those dear friends - I always had it my heart to have Lucy spend some vacation in Stockbridge she would have been so delighted with the scenery.

Three young ladies expressed hope within the week after Miss Arnold's death, a sweet consolation amid our sorrow. The four who yet remain are among those for whom the greatest solicitude has been felt through the year - and who have often manifested very deep feeling. They are almost ready to despair in regard to themselves — but we try to hope for them - since "with God all things are possible."

Evening. How much there is in these days and weeks to bring Lucy's image before me. One year ago - and she was so much occupied with study- {wax mark} full {tear in paper} anticipation of the meetings "at home" as we are now. {Wax mark} I {tear in paper} of her dear, lonely mother too - very often I find myself planning to visit you very very soon after I reach home, not realizing that my face is to be turned the other way, and that vacation will take me still farther from you. Thank you very much for the copy of the inscription, that must be a cherished spot - the memorial of the two dear ones. It seems sweet to have their names blended there- it reminds me so of the meeting which I know they have had in heaven.

A letter - a very little letter from papa was one of our treasures to day. It was written in haste from Cornwall, Ct. to inform us of their departure for the sea-side and to tell us we must not be disappointed should we not find them at Stockbridge next-week. Mother gaining still- especially in flesh.

Dear Mary and Harriet - I am glad they do not forget "sister Julia." When shall I see them again - very much love to both. I have made inquiry and search for Lucy's drawing book - one of the young ladies

remembers having seen it last year - but no one can give any information now. Did she not lend it to some one who has not returned? I shall continue to inquire - perhaps I may yet find it.

You express kind solicitude about my health - I have been gaining in strength and spirits all summer - and thus far have had nothing to reduce them in reviews. This year's plan must be very much better than the previous arrangement - and I do hope the young ladies will go home well and happy.

{postmark} SOUTH HADLEY, MA JUL 22

Mrs. Mellicent W. Goodale Marlborough, Mass

I shall send a little package by Abby Rice - Lucy's bedding - but I could not wait till then to write - besides I did not know but it might be delayed in getting to you. Are you still convaliscing [sic]? I fear you have too much care and fatigue to be well. To day is commencement at Amherst and one week more and our great day will be beginning. I forgot to date these last few lines but it is before breakfast Thursday morn. We do not rise, unless by choice, until five, an hour later than last summer's bell. But since time and space both fail me I must say adieu. Julia

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