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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1848 March 21

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1848 March 21
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Middlefield, March 21, 1848

My dear Mrs. Goodale

It has been my intention for many weeks to devote an hour to you, -- but one thing or another has employed my time, and the convenient season has never come. And now I am resolved to wait no longer, but to set myself about it immediately. True I have received no letter from you for a long time, but I never have delayed on that account. I know that a mother has many cares, and that absent children have a strong claim upon your thoughts and your pen.

I have been enjoying a very pleasant visit from sister Adeline recently, it will be two weeks tomorrow since she left me. She came alone this winter, and remained with her friends in this region three weeks, one of which was given to me. Her health is good, at

least she says so, though she is never entirely free from dyspepsia, and she seems in all things to be "our own Ada" -- just as she used to be. I could hardly feel like allowing that she belonged in Lincoln, when the time came for her return. However, all persuasion would have been thrown away if we had tried to keep her, for she was really in haste to see her home once more. -- My mother made me a visit of a week in February. -- She seems unusually well this winter. Sarah is with me now. Father has recently been to his native place, to attend the birth-day celebration of Dr. Nott, his old minister, now 96 years old, I think, and in the 66th year of his ministry ^{in the same place}. Father expected to reach home the latter part of last week, -- but I have not yet learned anything respecting his return.

Five weeks from last evening, Mr. Clarke and his father's family were passing through a scene of deep affliction, in witnessing the dying struggle of his only sister. -- She died of typhus fever, after a sickness of only five days. Mr. Clarke and I reached her, in time to see her a few hours and to have one smile and one word of recognition. She was married, but lived with her parents, and it is to them a loss never to be made up in earthly blessings. They mourn deeply, and her husband is prostrated by the stroke, I think I never saw any person more overwhelmed with sorrow.

Yet we mourn not as those without hope, for our dear sister was, and had long been, a lovely and consistent christian. Mr Clarke is now the only remaining child in the family, -- and his excellent mother says to me sometimes, "You must come often, Julia -- for, remember that now you are my only daughter."

Your minister has become one of our neighbors, (not very near) this winter. Whom have you to supply his place? He and Mr Clarke are now in the same Association, and may meet occasionally.

Adeline's last letter informed me they were about taking measures to give Mr. Jackson a call in Lincoln. -- He has preached for them some months, and secured their confidence and love {page torn away} I hope he may become their minister. He was some years a missionary in Turkey.

My interchange of letters with Mary is not so frequent as I should like, -- but I must acknowledge that the fault may be partly mine. I fear I shall become a very unpunctual correspondant. -- You doubtless hear often from "Holyoke," -- Mary's last letter, written during vacation, informed me somewhat respecting the good work they have been permitted to witness this year. Do you hear from Warren? -- and what? You must often think of him now. -- Are your other children with you? And how are they all? Sarah asks me to send a message of love from her to Harriet -- and I wish that mine might go with it --together with kind regards to the other members of

your family in which Mr Clarke unites. May I not hope to see something from your pen ere long? I would give me great pleasure to hear from "Lucy's mother--" Believe me, my dear Mrs Goodale

Affectionately yours


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