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Letter from Julia Hyde to Thomas Hyde

Letter from Julia Hyde to Thomas Hyde
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Mine Brother dear

The weeks seem long- yet the hours have wings and escape leaving me little time to hold intercourse even with the friends who are gathered here - much less with those who must be reached by "the tardy ministrations of the pen." I do not indeed suppose that you think the time so very long since I came here - but to me it is almost beyond the period of memory. But I am thinking that when we are "put to rights" the remembrance of former days will return- and shall find myself still on the borders of youth.

Of course I shall not be able to give you a connected history of my life and adventures since my last letter- however I remember that a certain letter from Becket was very gratefully and joyfully received. And I can tell you some of my daily avocations- the rising bell at 5 calls me from my slumbers - the breakfast bell at 6' warns me that I have some "weighty responsibilities" upon me - in the matter of maintaining decency and order among a dozen young ladies and of helping them to pudding and toast besides. The next responsibility is to look after my sweepers- to see what they do, how they do and how much - At 1/4 before 8 I change my character- lay aside all domestic cares- and all girlish ways

and resign myself to the fate of a teacher - I sit erect- look dignified - call the roll - send for absentees, ask for specified time and mark failures and there I sit all forenoon - three classes passing before me in the mean time. Politics, Politics Politics - this is my professorship- and I hear the same things thrice in the day. After dinner has been endured (tis an endurance to sit at the head) I resume the form of pupil once more and sit down before Miss Stevens to recite Latin. This is a secular thing- done to avail studying the Supplement of Euclid - for which an examination on the Grammer and Reader is an equivalent. Tomorrow I aim to commence Logic - on the faith that the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself - for I do not see one moment of time to learn another lesson.

Two interesting and notable things in our history I must not omit- Yesterday as we sat at dinner Dr Parker and his Chinese teacher were announced - and came in. They of course created quite a sensation among us - have you seen them? After dinner we assembled in the Seminary Hall to hear Dr P. talk - but the coming of the stage prevented any thing more than an introduction. The Chinese was in his native costume - and looked very intelligent. His manners were quite easy and pleasing, and he seemed gratified at the notice taken of him. He asked Dr P. "Do the ladies come here to learn needle work, or to learn books?" When told that we studied books he said- "The ladies of China go to one province to study poesy. do the ladies here study it?" Dr Parker said if he did not return to China as soon as March or April, he would try to pay us another visit.

{writing facing upside down} I was in sober earnest when I offered to come home.

To day Prof. Hitchcock supplied Mr. Condit's pulpit - and I wished you might hear his sermons but I spoke of him to tell you of the call he made at the Seminary this evening. We met in the Hall to see him

and he said he had requested permission to address us - that he might shew us some curiosities from the Holy Land. They were sent by Mr. Hebard with the request that they might be shewn in this country in the hope that they might awaken an interest in Syria and in the missionary work. Mr H. was one of his class at Amherst - and writing to him from Syria told him that a pebble from Jordan exhibited in a Geological lecture - and some accompanying remarks upon the condition of the country - first directed his own mind to Palestine - and indeed to a missionary life. Prof. H. shewed us specimens similar to those you have seen - limestone from Mt. Lebanon - from Jerusalem and Gethsemane - wood and a cone from the cedars -etc- and a vial of water from the Dead Sea of which we all had opportunity to taste.

I have been thinking of you to day- and writing this evening because next Thursday is your birth day - and I would have this letter reach you as near that time as I can. And my dear brother, you know the wish of my heart for you - that you may possess the "one thing needful." - needful to your usefulness and your happiness. Shall not this be your first object? And will you not be frank to communicate with those who love you - on a subject on which they feel so deep an interest. I hope your birth day - if it comes to you will find you making and putting in practice many good resolutions. - Be patient with difficulties - for that is the easiest way to overcome those which will come; but do not be inactive when there seems a lion in the way. Be loving that you may be beloved - but do not look for perfection in your companions- I have thought that here you were repeating my experience- I used to think I never have a friend beyond the fireside circle because forsooth I had extravagant ideas of friendship- I looked for friends who would be all that could be imagined of excellence -

and because my school mates and companions - were not such, I was discouraged. But I am very wise now and find more lovable folks than you can think. I need not tell you to be kind - for you have an affectionate heart, but be also considerate and patient, and the world will look brighter to you. And "do good," for that is the end of the our life - "freely you have received, freely give" - and study that you may give- Your own Julia

Thomas C. L. Hyde Care Rev. L. Hyde Becket Mass {postal stamp} SOUTH HADLEY Mass OCT 26

Dear Mother I should like to see you and I want very much to hear from you. Shall you be able get to Becket. My pity is much moved for Charlotte if she has to unpack and put to rights all the rubbish we left in Wayland. Mrs. Ames wrote that a table and stand were left in our chamber and she would like to keep them if you did not wish for them. My studies are Physiology, rapid review in Algebra and review in Latin. Miss Lyon says she can take nobody's word for their knowledge of Latin but they must be rigidly examined. I do not know how long the examination will be in progress.The third lesson which comes to day goes through the regular verbs - we are examined on the reader rules unintelligible very particularly as Miss Lyon says. I now remember Thomas' labor in teaching me the rules. If I had more time and space I should like to write more. Adeline.

[first page, written vertically in the left and upper margin] My compassions were greatly moved for you and Charlotte in your responsibilities in Becket. It was in my heart to come and be your help meet and please tell Pa and Ma that I hold myself ready to come ^{at} any time- if they will be comforted or helped by my services. Can there be any way of getting a {brenolic?} to us - Adeline is without a Bible- and there are some other matters wanting to us - I believe we left a list at Stockbridge. Should any be sent we should like a copy of "{?} Select Hymns." Tell Charlotte that Mary Lucy has commenced two letters to her and now says sheshall write as soon as possible. She sends much love, particularly to our mother. Rebecca, Carrie, {? ? Anne?}, Browne, and many others have messages of love for "Lottie."

Adeline Cornelius and I are very happy in our domicile. We have a {?} and all we need for our comfort & are well. It is a pleasant little room - come and see. Tell Pa we are getting quite {slick?} the shavings all swept up. I hope he will come again when we are in order. Dear mother - where and how is she!

Mr. Allen of Wayland (minister) made a {hoaty?} call this week. I did not {?} him- not having time. All as usual there.

[second page, written vertically in right margin] May I not get Adeline a new dress - if she seems to need it. Calico-

[third page, written vertically in left margin] Mr. Condit is considerably sick- better come to day. Mrs. Collins desires special care to Charlotte. She is very like her former self - she rooms with Miss Allen of Stirling - a very good and pleasant young lady.

[written vertically in right margin] Love to all.

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