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Elizabeth Huntington to Mary Huntington, Apr. 11th, 1831

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Title

Elizabeth Huntington to Mary Huntington, Apr. 11th, 1831

Description

Elizabeth is writing to her daughter, Mary, on her birth day. The fact that Elizabeth is writing the letter in a feeble state could potentially explain why she elects to discuss Christianity. In the first paragraph, she conveys the purpose of her letter, which is twofold: first, she aims to portray her affection for Mary; second, she hopes to provide religious guidance. With regards to religious practice and enhancing one’s religious experience, Elizabeth alludes to the importance of reading the bible. She reassures Mary that God will reward her for relentless dedication to the faith. Advising Mary on how to approach her studies, Elizabeth instructs her daughter to adhere strictly to the will of the Holy Spirit. By acting in accordance with the will of God, Mary and other followers will be worthy of admittance into God’s heavenly kingdom.

Creator

Elizabeth Whiting Phelps Huntington

Source

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers (Box 12 Folder 12)
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Date

1831-04-11

Rights

Courtesy of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Foundation
For permissions contact Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Type

Correspondence