Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, November 19th, 1843
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Reverend Frederic D Huntington Boston To be left of United State Hotel
Sabbath, Nov 19th, 1843
I wrote a few lines to you in Latin yesterday, and sent them to North Hadley to Mr.. Hilliard who is going on Monday to Boston. Father and Theodore returned from carrying the letter, he brought yours addressed to him, for which we all feel much obliged and by which we were greatly comforted. As your thought seem to be occupied by the last scenes of our dear Edward’s life, I have thought that a little time spent in looking over some of the important incidents of his earlier life may not be wholly foreign to the duties of this Holy Day- Our family have all gone to (dream), and as we cannot all go at once, I take my turn today in staying at home.
As your father a few days since, was examining the papers contained in a trunk which Edward left in our garment several years ago, he found a sheet of paper folded and much worn - torn apart in some places and apparently the beginning of a manuscript which he may have continued since. I copy them for you - believing that the feelings expressed will be highly interesting to you as they certainly are to me. They bring to our recollection two who were very dear to us while here, and whose bodies rest near each other, with their lovely and loving sisters.
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Thoughts suggested on occasion of the death of brother W. — By this afflictive dispensation of providence another of this tie by which I was bound to earth is broken. Nor is it the heart.
I think since his death I have felt more lost— more mortal inability than I ever had before. I had flattered myself that my belief was sustained, that my credit was supported, and that I met the encouragement that I did, for his sake.
His advancement has been my excuse to myself for close application, my refreshment after day, of continued toil, my solace under discourage and difficulties. Then excuses, then refreshments, these solaces I am now deprived of, and as I go about my duties, it will accord with my feeling to imagine that I am doing it for my own formal aggrandizements. By his death I have but every thing that could be comprehended in the title of friend and brother - his example of inflexible adherence to principles, and sincere and can our to be actuated by night motives. Though still before me, have but the benefit which is outstretched, to percept by example.
This fraternal affection winced in a vigilant solicitation for my welfare, strict attention to my wishes, his endeavor to serve me every way in his power, his willingness to give up every pleasure for my gratification - the close and confiding intimacy which has for so many years subsisted between us will always be subject in which memory will delight to dwell. With him some of the pleasantest hours of life have passed, together we have mingled our [option] in the time of distress and bereavement and together at that season we pledged ourselves in God’s strength, so to live as to join the dear departed hereafter. Since his death I have felt a strong drive to relinquish my business, and be relieved of the [increasing] anxiety, the engrossing care, and the light and the frivolous conversation to inseparably connected with it. So much so that at times I have more than half resolved to embrace the first opportunity to dissolve my frequent connextion. But on thinking more of the matter, I cannot persuade myself it would be duty. I have now many means of being useful, which in more retired life I should not have. I can notice vice, immorality, poverty, and sickness, and with the common [signs] of Providence can do something for the reformation of the former, and the relief of the latter. And I am resolved while I stay, whether it be longer or shorter, to pay strict regard to integrity and [righteousness] in all my dealings, to take very proper method to reprove wary mind of vice, to foster and encourage virtue and to [part and relieve] poverty, mercy and distress: to maintain a cheerful sobriety of demeanor, to treat all mankind kindly, and to be particularly assiduous in my attention to each member of my family; to live with death and eternity constantly in view, so that I may never be surprised by the realities- in short to live with a mingle endeavor, to glorify God and an unshaken confidence in the rectitude of his dealings-
August 6th- This has been with me a day of common interest: Today for the first time I have joined in the heart of love. I have by so doing promised that I will on future from [hadith] God- I have unearthed the causes of virtue of Truth and of religion. I have buckled on the Christian armour. In this [handly] I am to combat vice, profligacy and error without, and a Lord of fashion and appetites within. In God’s strength I am resolved never to put off until these enemies are subdued, or till shall close the combat.
The resolutions here taken seems to have governed his conduct ever after; I feel the goodness of God so strikingly displayed in his life and in his death: may we die the death of the righteous and may our last end be like his.
Monday evening- your request as to butter will be complied with: as far as we are able- at the end of another we can perhaps tell better what we can do. You will not of course expect October butter in the winter, for grass and hay produce butter of a very different quantity- when you can suit your [rules] better let us know of it.
Thanksgiving is approaching- you will probably keep it at your own home- how I should love to look in upon you, but our hearth I trust will meet and mingle their offerings with the loved ones in heaven. Mrs. Fischer has invited the old folks and Bethia to dine with her- but I believe they will feel best just here.
Your uncle and aunt came in this afternoon and drank tea with us without ceremony- he was cheerful and very agreeable- it was one of his best times.
You will oblige me by informing by informing me what is the Voice of Warin Inquiry into the widening of [natural] and revealed religion-. Tell Hannah I love her dearly for keeping hold of your arm in your walks [usefulness] away your Mother. It is a blessed work to seek out and encourage and introduce those who are too modest or too unworthy to partake of your monthly invitation. I hope these gatherings are allowed by the word of God and prayer. But hush mother- but the minister do his own work- and detain him no longer- I have done, only let me tell you only once more I am true love, your mother
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