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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1848 October 24

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale, 1848 October 24
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My dear Mrs. Goodale

It is with much pleasure that I read your letters - that I wonder I am so often delinquent in replying to them - yet perhaps you will be able to understand that I do not always find an hour at my disposal whenever I desire it, and I believe I have been even more occupied than usual for some time past.

I think I wrote to Mary about the time that mother went to Lincoln. At that time I had some hope that she might be able to see you during her stay there. - but she found sister Adeline in a very "{precarious?} state" of health- and consequently confined herself almost entirely to her during her absence of five weeks from home. She attended the meeting of the Board in Boston one day only - and did not chance to see you or any of the family {?} though I should not not {?} of you {?} {?} -- indeed I have seen the name of "Deac. Goodale" in the list

of members in attendance. Neither did she see Elizabeth for which I was also quite sorry - for next to the pleasure of seeing my friends myself is that of having my mother see them.

Mother has not made me a visit since she come from Lincoln, but I am hoping to see her here, ere long. I have been in Becket repeatedly, and I presume one reason she does not often visit me is that she sees me so frequently without the trouble of leaving her own fireside. I think her health has been unusually good this season, though it is far from being "perfect." But she is so much better than we once thought she could ever be- and it {?} so truly wonderful that we have: a mother spared to us - that we often think of her as one brought back from the brushes of heaven. Father and mother are quite alone just now, for Sarah is spending a week or two with me - Thomas left home last Thursday for Andover, there he expects to study Theology.

I have received a letter from Adeline to day. She says "I have not gained much, neither have I lost ground since mother left me." She goes out some, and has attended church there a {?} half days. Her physician tells her she will begin to gain strength some and I hope he may prove a true prophet. - She has not been able to write

without crying and I have only received one letter from her since mother's return.

I was very much gratified by a letter from Mary last week. She seems pleased with her present situation, and I trust she will find it a profitable as well as pleasant home. I have never learned whether she has united herself publicly to the people of God, but it is pleasant to find in her letters more and more freedom in expressing her interest in personal religion and desire for the welfare of others. — It is very difficult for me to realize that "merry little Mary" has indeed grown up as it were to fill "Lucy's place." But I need only to look at my own Sarah to be convinced of the fact that rapid changes have taken place for she too has attained the stature of womanhood. She was sixteen years old last week. - And Harried is coming on too, I suppose and will soon be grown out of my knowledge. I am getting to feel myself quite aged - for I have already outlived the dearest friendships I ever formed out of my own family - and my little pets and playthings are becoming "young ladies" apace.

When you wrote me you had recently settled a new minister- Mr. {Ogden?} was at Andover with father, I think his classmate. - The good people of Lincoln settled one in about the same time that you did. They seem quite

delighted with him. They are now much interested in building a parsonage. We are going on much {?} our {liberal?} {sty?} {Middlefield?} - There is too much indifference in religion - and I fear there is much more concern felt for the advancement of party interests in politics than for the salvation of the soul.


Middlefield Oct. 25

Mr. Clarke is very well. He is very much absorbed in study this evening - for he has a funeral sermon to deliver tomorrow. One of the members of our church died yesterday, a man forty years of age. He has had a very lingering consumption and he has seemed to be almost {?} {?} while yet he remained in the flesh. I think I have seldom known one who seemed so happy

[on the first page, written vertically in the margin at right and above] {triumphant?} so long a sickness. My health is good, very this fall than last spring. Sarah delivers me to send her love to "Hatty" — and I will {a?} {?} to {next?}. May I not hope to hear from you before long. Most affectionately yours Julia

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