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Bethia Huntington to Mary Huntington, ca. 1830

Bethia Huntington Box 20 Fol 4.pdf

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                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday Evening May

Dear Mary,

                         I am staying with Catherine, who has just gone to bed, I have never left her to go to sleep alone. Just once, and that was the evening you left home, she said then that she did not wish me to stay, but the next day she told me that she was not afraid after I left her, but she thought about Mary and could not help crying. Since that I have staid with her until she was asleep. It has been quite rainy this afternoon and we have been shut-up in the sitting room by a good fire and spent part of the time in talking about you all. Frederic says he never will make Ma feel bad again if he can possibly help it. if she would but come home. 
       Yesterday we all attended the examination at the Academy. Pa Theophilus and F. went-down in the morning. Theophilus returned at noon and Catherine and I went with him in the afternoon. We heard Whiting's composition and oration, both excellent. We were not there early enough to hear Theodore examined but Pa complimented him highly after we returned. I saw several of your young companions there. Miss Abby White was examined although she has been in town but a short time. She is a very pretty girl and resembles her sister Susan. Theophilus Smith and the young lady that he expects to marry and her mother attended the examination. I have made but one visit since you left home and that was at Dr. Porters. We were gratified to hear that William is with you. What is he writing? A poem, story, or novel, History or Biography? I hope he will favor us with a copy when you return. We all want to see you both very much, but I do not wish you to return until you are quite willing. I hope you will write to me your letters will always afford a great deal of pleasure to your affectionate sister,

Pa has always a little corner left: but has now only just time to say that he wants to see his dear Mary; that he every day thinks of her; that he wishes her well, & that he sends love to Ma & all the dear family--

        D. Huntington [?]

N. Mills Hadley

    May 22nd
        Miss Mary D. Huntington
                        Oswego County
                             N. York

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