Hyde Papers - Box 01: Folder 01
Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1845 October 31
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Middlefield, Oct. 31, 1845
My very dear Mrs Goodale
I little thought when I parted from you at your own dear and hospitable home, that so many long months would pass ere I should write to any of your family. -- yet so it is, --and to you, who well know the burdening cares of a housekeeper and the prostrating influence of impaired health, I trust I shall not seem altogether without excuse. -- Not that I have been sick exactly. -- but I have been unwell--the result, my husband and mother tell me, of "overdoing"--and for some time past I have been subjected to almost constant headaches, so that had I been entirely freed from domestic cares writing would have been scarce less out of my power, But I am improved and improving. --and hope to seem myself again.
I have been writing to Mary. -- but I do not know where I should direct to her -- for mother, who informed me that she was in school, could not recall the name of the place, though I have inquired every time I see her. And that is so long since, that she may have had time to complete a term and be at home again -- so that I see no better way than to enclose
both to your direction. I suppose you are feeling for the dear child as my mother has felt for me, a heart full of affectionate solicitude, conflicting hopes and fears. -- And I find as Sarah is changing from a pet and plaything, to the stature and the age of a young lady, that I too have some cause to enter into these feelings--for whether she be with me or not, I cannot long have her absent from my thoughts. Yet how comforting the assurance that what we in our weakness can desire, but cannot do for those loved ones, may be done by One, who is both able and willing.
I was much interested in what mother told me of her impressions of Warren.--but grieved to learn of the continued weakness of his eyes. Do they improve? and is he able to pursue study? I have a sympathy for weak eyes, as mine have at times troubled me much, especially the present season. I think I first and most seriously injured them by applying blisters on my temples for the headache two or three years since.
I suppose you hear often from South Hadley, through Persis. How does she enjoy teaching? ---Miss Reed is gone, she wrote me to attend the ordination and marriage, and I wished much to go, -- but found it quite impossible. It must have been an interesting occasion, and I should like to hear more particularly than I have done respecting it. My friends are almost all gone from the Seminary now-- and those who are there are so occupied that they do not prove so punctual correspondents as I could wish. --I called there last summer, on my way home from Lincoln. My stay was very short, not more than two or three hours, and being so short made it I think on the whole more pleasant for me.
For I had only time for a brief yet warm hearted greeting of those who remain.--and the feeling of sorrow and loneliness for those whom I may see no more had not so much room, as when I spent several days there, two years previous. Then the thought of those dearest, but now departed associates of my studies and my walks there, Charlotte and Lucy, haunted me, at the sight of every familiar scene:-- The day of Miss Reed's marriage was the same which would have been Charlotte's birth day. -- Oct. 14.
I have not been at Becket for some weeks. Mother has spent a week with me recently, the longest visit I have received from her. The pleasure was rather alloyed by the fact of her ill health--indeed she came to recruit. She has had some company & other extra cares since she returned from Lincoln. -- and in addition to this exerted herself too much in going out all day on the Sabbath--and going into her class--Sabbath School,-- and it induced a return of bleeding. --very slight, but sufficient to reduce her strength. She improved quite fast here--and my intelligence from her since has been that she is keeping very quiet, and in consequence, very comfortable. -- Sarah is here still, attending school, but the term closes in three weeks, then, I cannot expect to have her company for father and mother are feeling quite lonely without her.
Thomas is in Williamstown, we hear from him often, and he seems to be enjoying himself as well as he ever has done away from home. Adeline too is very good to write frequently, she and all of us are anticipating much pleasure in the prospect that she will make a long visit to the mountains this winter.
We have lately been cheered with some indications
of an awakened state of feeling among christians in this region. In some places, these indications are more decided than among ourselves, yet even here, there are those who believe that God is about to appear for us. Our meetings have been interesting.
Mr Clarke's health is pretty good. He is busy in his study to day, but we have been improving the fine weather this week in visiting among "our people." This is a thing from which I should willingly be excused. Do you think other minister's wives have any such feeling?
I hope you will not wait as long as I have done before writing, for I love to hear from you. Remember me affectionately to your family--and accept with this the very sincere love of your friend,
Mrs M W Goodale
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