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1832.07.03 - Elizabeth Huntington to Mary Huntington, Jul. 3rd, 1832


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Elm Valley, July 3, 1832. Tuesday about 12.

Dear Mary,

Oh I was ironing at the sewing table half an hour ago, casting my eyes towards the south steps who should, who should greet them but our New Salem friend in all his gravity and dignity and moderation. Poor fellow! he was so agitated, that it was near two minutes before he could collect strength to knock loud enough to be heard; and wondering what could be the matter and what he could be doing, for he had stepped into the door and was out of sight, out of compassion. I walked into the sitting room, and perceived a faint knocking - hastening to relieve him, I found the same pale statue-like being, moving slowly forward, and was quite glad to hear him enquire for my son William; assured by this that he was avoided an animated substance. This business is doubtful of vast importance, and I cannot but hope that this third visit will put a final termination to it. I do pity him sincerely and would not willingly do him an injury - and what is more I wish he might have wisdom to guide his affairs with a little more discretion.

However irrelavent, I subjoin the hymns which were sung on the sabbath. By reading them, you may perhaps disprove the unfavourable impression which my nonsense may have made upon your mind. 55th 109th 207th 346th 11th Doxology. The text in the morning was in 1st Thessalonians 5th 11th in the afternoon first epistle of John 5th chapter, 12th verse.

It is now time to put the table, and as our little hand maid is gone, this business sometimes devolves on me. How thankful should I be that I am able to do so much for the welfare of the family - how different are my feelings from what they were a a year ago - bad as I am, I think I do earnestly desire to dedicate to the author of my life and all its blessings, that life and all its Lovers - Set our hearts my dear child over cherish a great-ful sense of God’s goodness to us, and manifest it by [any of] our efforts to do good to all as we have opportunity. Your last letter to me was most acceptable, as it gave a fuller account of your vigors and feelings and [fear forces] than any which I had before been favoured with - and it seems somewhat what like a response to what I wrote to you last week - yours with most affectionate regard,


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