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Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale

Letter from Julia Hyde to Millicent W. Goodale
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Middlefield, Sept. 30. 1849 Sabbath eve.

My dear Mrs. Goodale,

Should nothing unforeseen present, my husband will start for Lincoln tomorrow morn. I do not expect to go with him, but I wish to have him call on you and I told him I would write to you, that he might have an errand to induce him to do so. Perhaps you will inquire why I am not with him -- 'tis my own fault, if fault there by; -- and it is not because I do not wish to see my friends. But the trip is undertaken for his father: taken in the hope of benefit to his health, -- and his mother will be left almost alone unless I stay with her. -- I presume I have told you ere this -- of that bereaving stroke which removed a beloved and only daughter and sister from that household, -- and which has left "Edward" the only child of most affectionate parents. He feels that a double share of filial tenderness is now due from him, -- and I surely must help him in performing a duty so sacred and so

pleasant. His father you will see if you see him, -- his mother is a mother indeed -- one to whose influence and whose prayers he feels himself indebted for all that he is or hoped for, -- and in my heart she holds a place very near my own precious mother.

I spent two days of the last week with my mother, -- and I am very often to be found there. - Indeed were I to write a history of my life in these days - it would consist chiefly of a record of visits to those two homes. -- filled up with some interludes of exchanges of calls and visits from other friends - and domestic occupations. My mother's health is not good. -- she has not regained what she lost last spring -- and her nervous system is seriously affected. I have many anxieties about her. I do not think father is quite as well as usual this fall, -- but he is busy still.

Three weeks since, I attended the meeting of the Board at Pittsfield. The papers have given all the details of that interesting consecration, and I will not enlarge on the topic. I met many former friends there, -- which was to me not the least pleasure of the occasion. Some were Seminary friends, whose familiar faces brought back the scenes of other days, -- and the memory of others most dear whom we meet no more on earth. -- Dear Lucy -- how often I think of her, -- and of the song she is singing in heaven. Shall I see her there? One of the friends who knew her at South Hadley is one of my neighbors (in the ministry) and we often speak Lucy's

name when we are together. It is Mrs. F. J. Clark of Cummington -- formerly Julia Hollister. Do you remember her name. She and Lucy met in the same circle for prayer. -- Mrs Clark is very lovely -- and very dear to me. She and her husband have within a few weeks been led into the furnace of affliction, -- for they have been called to part with two dear children their only ones.

Where is Mary now? I heard from her last at Fitchburg -- and wrote to her there, -- did she receive my letter? Is Hattie at home? and is she well? I wish she would write to me. I saw Mr. Allen, formerly of Wayland, in Pittsfield. He does not intend to remain in Groton. Is Charles in school there still.

I hope you will be able to write to me soon, -- I would like to hear from you all. -- Love to all from your affectionate Julia.

My mother may perhaps visit Lincoln soon. Ada is in a situation to awaken some solicitude, -- and mother wishes to be with her if possible. Thomas is in Andover, he does not come home this vacation. Sarah is at home. Perhaps you will not see my husband until his return -- if so this will be somewhat out of date, -- but accept it with indulgence. Yours J. H. C.

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