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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, circa 1841 December 15

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, circa 1841 December 15
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Holyoke Seminary, Dec. 15.

My dear Mrs. Goodale.

A life at Holyoke is always a busy one, but I have never found myself so pressed as since I came here last. I have thought a thousand times how earnestly I told our dear Lucy not to suffer herself to be pressed, and of her reply—“Haste is indispensable at Holyoke, dear Julia.” It is even so for Miss Lyon’s system includes the feeling of pressure as one important means of improvement. Sometimes I cannot help feeling that she carries this principle rather too far --but it is not very easy to dissent from one so much beloved and revered as she is.

I am very glad that Mrs. Thurston has been able to visit the Seminary again – I have scarcely seen her myself – for I thought Persis had

the highest claim, and my recreation hours are occupied with domestic work so that I have scarcely had the opportunity.

Our missionary meetings for this year commence to day – and we are anticipating Mrs Thurston’s remarks with much interest. One of our last senior class expects to accompany her on her return to her Island home. Miss Chapin. She is a young lady of sterling worth -- and will make I think, a very useful missionary. Another who was Lucy’s schoolmate was to sail on the third of this month for Southern Africa – perhaps you remember the name of Miss Prudence Richardson.

There has been very little of new interest in the religious state of the family since I last wrote. Four or five had expressed some hope before Thanksgiving— but since that time there has been apparently less depth of feeling among the impenitent. But still they have put christians to the blush, for they have been more ready to seek a blessing than we to ask it for them. Within a few days, there has seemed a feeling that we must awake and call upon our God-our daily prayer meetings have been more full and solemn, and I do

hope we shall be ready to receive the blessing which has been waiting for us.

There have been some cases of sickness among us. One young lady was for a few days dangerously sick, but she and all the others seem recovering.

Do you remember among Lucy’s papers a composition of Lucy H. Clarke’s? Her mother, who has been asked for a copy by some of the young ladies, happened to learn that I had seen it at Marlborough—and she said she should prize it as the last of her daughter’s compositions –and would be gratified could I obtain it for her.

Miss Lyon’s health, to our great astonishment, continues in fine health. I do not see how she sustains her weight of care—it seems hardly possible that she should continue to through the year.

My last letter from home was about a week since. It was very much of it written by my mother, which is quite a rarity. They seem to be getting quite at home in Becket. Thomas is in Easthampton -- he has paid us one visit. He {likes?}

his situation very much. Adeline sends much love to yourself and the dear little girls. I wish I had time to write to them – very much love for both from me.

I suppose Mrs Thurston’s departure must bring some cares upon you—I trust you will not sink under them – {I} do not hear from M. very often. Affectionately yours,


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