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1843.04.06 - Elizabeth Huntington to Edward Huntington, Apr. 6th, 1843

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Mr. Edward P. Huntington
Cabotville -
Mr. C. Smith -
Elm Valley April 6th 1843-

Dear Edward,

Ever since I had the satisfaction of hearing your minister preach, when at Northampton, I have felt sorry that there should be any want of friendly feeling & confidence between him and his people - your father and all of us who were present at that time were highly gratified with his performances. His declining to attend religious meetings frequently during the week, may I think be attributed to his consciousness of not possessing physical strength sufficient for such a service, in addition to his other labour. In the afternoon, he appeared weary, and his voice was less full and clear than it was in the morning. I hope your society will consider this matter thoroughly before they suffer a separation to take place. So much for meddling with the business of our neighbors - but "women and sheep are lawless" I suppose you know.

How is our dear Helen? As we hear nothing - we hope she is by this time quite well. The company of her sister, will be a great comfort to your brother.

When we visited you last, something was said about a little girl, daughter of a Mrs. Fairchild who died while I was at your house that fall. I thought it not unlikely that Theodore and his wife might wish to take her on trial thro' this summer; but Eunice has given them a disgust and dread of all little girls, which they have not been able to overcome. They are better pleased with the plan of having their washing done, then taking into their family another inmate.

Last Monday I made a visit to cousin Martha and met very unexpectedly, Mrs. Fisher, who went over in the morning by stage. We had a very pleasing interview - and your father confided as he generally does after seeing company that intercourse with our friends is a desirable thing. Mrs. Fisher has resolved in good earnest to go to housekeeping this spring--they talk of Mr. Church's; Mrs. Kenshaw's; & Doct. Walker's; but nothing when I saw her was decided. Today B.[1] and I stay ^at home, the others have gone to hear Mr. Benson. Tho' there is a great depth of snow, the sleighing is not very good, and across the high bank there is no snow at all. The long continuance of severe cold weather, and the great quantity of snow which we have had, would naturally lead a serious mind to contemplate our dependence and helplessness -and show us the necessity of a strong faith in the power and goodness of that Being who, when he placed his bow in the heavens mercifully promised, that while the Earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Possibly you may not have heard that Charles Hitchcock has applied to Mrs. [Wells?], daughter of Roswell Hubbard, to become his help meet, and help mate . they are to be married soon I believe.

Mr. Thaddeus Smith called on Tuesday and left a letter from Frederic--he was at his lodgings on Friday, and on the Sabbath attended at the South Congregational-- and heard him, both parts of this day - the Lord's supper was administered, and he profess'd to be much pleased with the services. He was quite surprised to find such a full house; said he attended there last fall, when Frederic was in New York, for the purpose of hearing him, and found the congregation very small.

You have probably heard from F.[2] lately. He gave a little sketch of sermons he had been preparing and preaching--sabbath before last he exchanged with Mr. Brayer, and took Arthur to Salem with him--he is not a drone - I mention to say - whether he will be puffed up with the attention and kindness of his friends remains to be decided. -- Let us pray that he may ever keep in his mind the example of our blessed master and being filled with ^his spirit, may follow [...][3]

I send you by Mrs. Cotton Smith who goes tomorrow, 10 1/2 lbs butter. The large rolls, which are not stamped, are rather more salted than the rest, it was done by mistake--you can use them for cooking-- or send them back as you choose. As the butter now, is not as good now as it may ^be some weeks hence, you will probably be as well pleas'd to have a smaller quantity than you mentioned.

The Lord be with us and give light and peace to us all, both now and ever Most truly your devoted mother Elizabeth--

Love to all three.


1. Bethia Huntington

2. Frederic Huntington

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