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Letter from Julia Hyde to Mary H. Goodale

Letter from Julia Hyde to Mary H. Goodale
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My dear Mary, Middlefield, July 16, 1849 -

Your very welcome letter of June 22nd lies before me - I could almost scold you a little for having made me wait so long- but I was so happy to see it when it came that I quite forgot to be provoked. - Besides are you not a "school-ma'am" ? and well I know how many cares press upon you while you hold such a dignity.

When your letter reached me I was enjoying a very delightful visit from Miss {Cornelia?} {Rhoades?} of Skaneateles N.Y. a cousin of Mr. Clarke's. I had never seen her until she came but I found that in a a few hours she quite won my heart - which was already prepared to love her - and during the ten days she was with us - I became more and more attached to her. - We had two other cousins with us during a part of her stay - and there were messy times here- July 3rd Mr. Clarke and I went to Chesterfield - which you know is one of "our homes." Cornelia was there - and July 4th we took her with us to Northampton

We had fine weather - and a very pleasant little excursion. We saw most of the sights which the quiet little Northampton could shew - For it was Cornelia had not seen it for many years. - We spent two hours in the burying ground - My husband; ancestors are buried there - and many whom he had known. - We visited a very aged lady - the aunt of Mr. Clarke's and of Cornelia's mother's - who lived in Bridge Street. - She was 96 years old in March - and retains almost every faculty in uncommon vigor - Her hearing is rather impaired - but her eye is bright- and she can busy herself with reading and knitting sometimes sews a little. Her memory is very good - She has always lived in the same spot. - she now lives in the same old house where her husband first settled. - and the house where she was born is standing on the opposite side of the street - inhabited by her nephew - That street is a matter of great interest in my eyes, from its look of venerable quiet. It is that on which the cemetery is - and the houses are nearly all old. - and the families the descendents of those who lived there a hundred or two years since. - Their manners too are so different from the heartless gentility of {a} village - they seem to be a relic of older times.- Mr. Clarke met Mr. Day, your former pastor, in the streets - he was well. - We came back to Chersterfield on the 5th and home on the 6th. Last week I spent in Becket. - and I need not tell you that I enjoyed it - Mother is in better health than we

could have expected. - and seemed very nearly as well as before the illness she had in February and March. Sarah is at home this summer assisting mother in "the domestic department" - and reading Virgil in the hours of leisure. - Father gives her the credit of being a closer student than any other child he has had- which to be sure is not saying much, - for we were never distinguished for application. But Sarah had actually studied herself almost sick - so that I felt obliged to enjoin a vacation for the week I was there. -

I looked over towards South Hadley when I was in Northampton. The church and the Seminary were in full view from Uncle Edward Clarke's windows on Round Hill, - and I almost wished to ride over and be there. But when I remember how many are gone from the circle who made the place dear to me, - and especially when I think that good Miss Lyon is not there - I feel that I would remember it as it was - rather than see it as it is.

I received a letter from Mary Chapin a few days since - she remarks "Ours is a loss which no Arithmetic can calculate." Yet she says they had had mercy mingled in their cup of sorrow. - The presence of God's spirit has been manifest among them even to the present time - and more than a majority of the 100 young ladies who came there without hope have been brought to the feet of Jesus -  They have had less difficulty than they apprehended thus far in controlling the school - But what

will another year shew? I think then will come the trial.

I was permitted to receive a copy of the journal sent to the missionary band - giving the details of Miss Lyon's last days- It is very interesting - I wish I could read it to you. The monument placed over her grave - Shall I give the inscriptions? She is buried in the center of a yard thirty feet square, which is railed in by an iron fence four feet high - This yard is on the Seminary ground, a little south of the orchard - and the monument is in sight of the upper stories on the east side - On the side facing the facing the seminary are the words - "Mary Lyon, the founder of Mt Holyoke Female Seminary, and for twelve years its principal. A teacher for thirty five years - and of more than three thousand pupils. Born Feb. 28. 1797. Died March 5, 1849" - On the South side is a verse from a hymn sung at her funeral - Servant of God, well done Rest from thy loved employ. The battle fought, the victory won. Enter thy master: joy." - On the North side is the text "Give her of the fruits of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates." -- If you have learned all things before, then pardon the repetition and accept "the good will" of the dead. -

How are your pupils? Do they make commendable progress up hill? - I hope you love teaching better than I did. - I was very glad to hear from your home.- Will not your dear mother write to me, now that she is relieved from a part of her cares? - Is her health good?

What tidings did Dr. Andrews bring you from the absent one? Is he improving in health? - and when is he to return to you? Tis fortunate for you that I am at the end of my paper. So with much love, good bye - from your friend Julia

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