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1832.06.05 - Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, Jun. 5th, 1832


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Elm Valley June 5th - 1832 . Tuesday morning .

Dear Frederic,

Your Pa thinks of going to Greenfield[1] today, and if he does, will go through N-n [Northampton]. I felt very sorry to find by the lines you wrote to me, that you felt so unhappy and am almost of the opinion that you would be less unhappy, if you were as far from home as Mary - I can only seek for you the cheering light of divine love. In all our trials however small, we should and endeavor to think of the suffering our blessed Savior endured even for his enemies - cheer yourself with the hope that he will bring good to you, out of what you think to be evil, and endeavor by patient continuance in welldoing to please him. I remember when I was very young, lying awake one night after I went to God, with a distressing headache. The thought came into my mind of what Christ endured at his crucifixion, and I felt ashamed to complain. I will thank you to call and pay Mr. Clarke for the colouring, and I will pay you soon. If you would like to get you a new small bible, I will give you [hole in paper] forty or fifty cents for your old one. If you would not dislike to do it, I should like to have you say to Charles that we would prefer a pew farther forward than No. fifty, if the expense is not greater, and also at some leisure time measure the length and breadth of the seat. Perhaps I shall make cushions - but of this you need say nothing. I should also like to know the width of the floor, and how far the brace extends into the middle of the pew. - We are hoping to see Mr. Stearns &c. tomorrow.

Yours most truly E.W.P.H.

I enclose a string for a measure.

1 Greenfield, a town further north on the Connecticut River was first inhabited by the Pocumtuck, but were wiped out by the Mohawks in 1664 and became apart of a principal root for Native American trade traveling west into New York; and was ultimately colonized as part of Deerfield by the English in 1686

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