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1843.09.13 - Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, September 13th, 1843


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Elm Valley, September 13th, 1843 Dear Frederic,

In compliance with your request, I shall send a few lines to meet you at Albany. You will be gratified to hear that “all here is as it should be” – and that no special cause of discontent has occurred among the dwellers in the valley, during your absence. Our number here is diminished, by the absence of Agel and his sister who left instant Friday for Hartford – but we expect them to return tomorrow in company with Theophilus and Eliza and their dear little Walter.

Lizzy arrived safely on Wednesday – and gave Bethia a very phasing account of the wedding in which she very faithfully delivered to us at home, as well as the cakes which certainly was preeminently excellent. – We have had no word from Edward since he left Boston, which was Tuesday morning.

Mr. Fisher has had a proposal from the person who bought his house in Oswego, to take it back on terms which he thinks advantageous, he has written him an answer and made some alteration in the terms. Should he conclude to take it, he will suspend his journey to Illinois and go to Oswego noon himself – and most probably remove his family there in the spring- making it his permanent residence. I think he will feel at home again there.

Mrs. Pettes the mother of your parishioner of that name spent an afternoon here last week with her daughter Mary. She has been in Hadley two or three weeks- had been in company with Doct. Woodbridge several times, and been amused with his jibes at Unitarianism. Her visit here must have been an agreeable interlude.

Thursday morning- we have often spoken of you since the 4th – and that of you much oftener- the weather has been fine for your excursion - and I hope you will both gather strength both spiritual and physical for future labour. A most important and interesting work is before you – what more can I desire for you than that the “word of God may dwell in you richly” – and that by fervent unceasing prayer, you may receive the spirit of Jesus without measure.

Charles and Helen are anticipating your visit with pleasure. She is rather feeble – is about weaning with Harriette, or will put her to a nurse. I am not quite satisfied with the plan of your making all your visit there- formerly you felt more at home with us. I hope it may be so still – there are so many things to enquire about and communicate, that a few days will hardly suffice Your father is going to the postoffice and I close with the best wishes of us all-

And a mother’s love from Elizabeth-

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