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1844.01.27 - Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, January 27th, 1844

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Reverend Frederick D. Huntington Boston Reverend G. Ellis

Elm Valley January 27th 1844 Saturday evening

My dear Frederic,

     Mr. Ellis gave us a call this afternoon and kindly offered to take a letter, and I felt such an attraction toward you as was quite irresistible. 
     But I feel too a  degree of hesitation about writing; we are quite in the neighbourhood of suffering, fatal disease, and approaching death, and under these circumstances I hardly dare treat myself to speak or write that I should dishonor the blessed faith which I have professed to love. Our dear Helen we must resign--hitherto she has been comparatively comfortable, but her breathing has grown more difficult, her fever increases, and her night sweats and her appetite and strength are failing. 
     And what if it is so? - are we not all mortal, and shall we desire to make this our lasting residence? Is it not our privilege to die? to escape the pollutions of the world, and live like the angels and the redeemed in our Father's house? 
     Your father and I spent last Wednesday at Charles's and found Helen in a state of mind most desirable, she seems to be daily expecting the summons, and waits for it with patience and composure. She feels most tenderly for her family, but does not doubt that they will be provided for, and as for her future prospects, she does not feel as if she were going among strangers. The prayers of her friends have been answered in remarkable degree thus far. May she have the supporting presence of the blessed comforter quite through.
     But after all we must feel grief at seeing our children and those we have loved as our own souls suffering, and fading away from our sight; [Jesus wept]; and will not frown on our sorrow.
     Mr. Fisher reached home Thursday night--yesterday he brot [sic] Mrs. Fisher and the children over, dined with Theophilus, drank tea with us returned in the evening taking with them Elizabeth who had been with us since the sabbath, and Helen [Marie], who is to spend time with them.
     We received your sermon today. Your father speaks well of it and perhaps I may as well not say what I think of it -- this much I must say. It gives me great pleasure to find that you can speak boldly in the name of Jesus, and I thank you that he has put in your heart to do it. May a blessing go with it. As to the applause or [conscience] of men, they of little importance as you well know. 
     We are looking forward to your visit with no little interest. I want to ask you a thousand questions, about your affairs, and the progress of religion among your [people] and in your region. I pray that the Lord may say of your city as he did of [eve] in ancient times "I have much people here."
     Through the goodness of our beauty of our heavenly Father we still continue, many days we cannot expect to [member] here. God grant through his mercy in Jesus our savior, that we may meet all of us in his kingdom above. May his blessing and presence be with us in his holy sabbath.
    Most assuredly your loving mother
    Elizabeth
    I had almost forgotten to thank you for your kind letter and present. You do indeed do more for us than we expect, and more than we deserve. The Lord reward you an hundred fold. Tell Hannah we have many good [thots - sic] about her and the best wishes for you both. Can't you tell us when to expect you.

(sideways) This weather is much too cold for comfort -- 20 degrees below zero. Helen has received a letter from a Mr. James Mills informing her that in consideration of the frightful [stories] of her husband she will [receive] five hundred dollars. He enclosed a check in one of the Boston banks.

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