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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1844 September 19

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1844 September 19
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Middlefield, Sept. 19, 1844

My dear Mrs Goodale

The opportunity for stealing an hour from household cares to hold intercourse with you seems really a great privilege--and I have for some weeks past been watching for the time which I might so employ without the certainty of interruption. Your letter arrived in its due season, and was, as such favors always are, most welcome. I love to think of the tie which binds us--and though to some it might seem broken by the removal of our mutually beloved Lucy from earth, I think it is rather otherwise. And why should it not be rather made stronger, when the object of our love is translated to that abode of unchanging blessedness. When we think of her as purified from every taint of earth, and made fully meet for the inheritance of the saints in light! The returning season has once more reminded us of the time when we took the last farewell, and brought her image in all its freshness before us. Tomorrow is the anniversary also of the death of my childhood friend, cousin Sarah Williams. She died at Lucy's age, but two years before her. These two seem dearer to me than any other beyond the family circle, -- and they cannot be forgotten. But if it be a privilege to have friends among the "choice spirits" of earth--shall we not rejoice to think of those we may claim as such in heaven And while I would not forget the one chief and surpassing attraction of that world, while I would remember the language of the beloved missionary, "To be with Thee where Thou art, to see Thee as Thou art, to be like Thee, that is heaven." is it wrong to feel the force of the minor attractions and to think of meeting those with whom I have taken sweet counsel here?

I am spending this afternoon quite alone, rather a rare occurrence of late. Mr Clarke is about for the day-and Sarah and her teacher, who also constitutes one of my household at present, are at school. Sarah has been with me since June, but has not been in school until two weeks since. She is getting to be a "great girl," rather faster than I like to realize. I go home once in about two or three weeks, but do not usually stay many hours at once there. My visits are not quite so frequently repaid, though they all say they come as often as they can. Mr Clarke saw father yesterday at a "minister's meeting," and reported him in usual health. He has indeed recovered beyond anything we had dared to hope, but he does not regain all his former vigor. Mother you would scarcely recognize, she is rather better this summer than I have ever known her to be, I think. Adeline and Thomas are much the same as ever.

The particulars respecting each member of your family were very gratifying to me, especially to hear of Warren's determination to "consecrate his service to the Lord." I think it was by a


letter from Elizabeth that I learned to his public profession of his faith. Oh that he may indeed be fitted to do much for Christ and his cause. And may each one of your family circle be gathered into the fold of Christ in early youth, that the energies of a life time may be given to the Redeemer.

How is it with the churches in your region? With us, and throughout our vicinity it seems a time of spiritual death. The minds of Christians are engaged too much like those of the men of this world, in the things of the world, and the the [sic] preaching of the Gospel seems indeed like prophesying to the dry bones And God seems to be sending his judgment upon us to awaken if possible our sleeping consciences. There are several towns in Berkshire County where sickness is prevailing to a fearful extent. It has not yet reached our immediate vicinity, but we know not what shall be. Present kind remembrance to each one of your family and do not fail to write, whenever you can find the time and strength to do so--to your sincere and affectionate friend Julia.

My dear Mary

I have but few moments left--yet I cannot resist the inclination to claim a little portion of remembrance from you. I presume indeed that should you enter my room at this moment, I should scarcely be able to recognize in the tall and mature young lady in her teens, any resemblance to the rosy and merry Mary whom I used to see in years gone by --but I still cherish an affectionate recollection of you--and desire to cultivate your acquaintance. It will be four years in the course of next week or the one next succeeding, since I last saw you. you were sick at that time--and do not perhaps remember it.


Sarah is now not far from the same age and since you were then, about as social too I believe, and as fond of flowers and stones. I should like it much if she could become acquainted with yourself and Harriet, for she has no sister playmate, and I think you and she might have some congeniality of taste and feeling. She is studying Latin and Geography in school and making collections of pressed flowers, and the like, at home.

And you too are making progress I trust in all that is lovely and excellent and of good report, a comfort to your mother an example to your sister, and above all a follower of the blessed Saviour. Is it thus dear Mary? have you chosen Him for your friend?

Write to me will you not, and tell me of your studies and pursuits. Sarah has just come, feeling much as might be expected when you consider that she has just heard her composition read in school.

But I must close; tell Hatty I do not forget her sweet infant songs and should love to hear her sing again.

With much love, your friend J. H. C.

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