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Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, May. 28th, 18--


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Lebanon [1] May 28th[2] My dear Frederic,

You have lived ... day, and I hope you do not ... heavenly Father... So long; ... that this he has taken are ... us greatly beloved, and younger than your ... and whose good example I hope you ...imitate , you are still shared; are still ... and to repent of your sins, and trust in the ... Jesus Christ. Begin this new year of your .... , by endeavoring to pray more correctly .. constantly for the help of God's holy... , which he has no ... , promised to .... ask him for it. [Never] go forth ... the duties and events of the day, without ... his [protection] and ... , to [preserve] ... from sin and harm, to [what is this word?]... you to .. your duty, and to prepare you for trials ... sufferings, - and never dare to go to rest .. might, without asking the pardon of ... your sins, by [true] repentance and prayer, ... that ... which is offered in Jesus Christ , - Come to god my dear child, "be-lieving that he is, and that he is verily [3] a rewarder of all them that diligently seek him."[4] Remember the [compassion] of Jesus Christ, where he takes children with his arms and blesses them - and be assured he has the same kind regard for [thou] who early seek him, as he had when on earth - [then] that cometh to me I will in no in no wise cast out [5]- come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest [6] - ask and ye shall receive seek and ye shall find [7]" - these are the words of him who is the "way the truth and the life." Say then with Peter, from your [innocent] soul "lord to whom shall we go - thou hast the words of eternal life [8]" - [Let] nothing ever divert you from the [great] and of your being which is to serve god and enjoy his favor forever - that this may be your happy employment - and that of all our dear family is the constant prayer of your affectionate mother E.W. Huntington

Whenever you find yourself in denial to [neglect] the duty of prayer, think how many nights our blessed savoir spent in prayer - and the suffering he [endured] to bring sinners to God, and think also, if it is worth naming, think what your poor mother feels for you, and resolve, with dependence on divine strength that if you perish you will perish [pleading] for me by in the name of our lord Jesus Christ.

Keep this and read it once a week.

(on back) Frederick D. Huntington

1. Lebanon, CT, where Elizabeth Phelps Huntington's sister-in-law, Wealthy Huntington, was married to Captain Simon Fitch and lived. Elizabeth must have been visiting when she wrote this letter. [1]

2. Fredric Dan Huntington lived from 1819-1904 so it had to be during that time. More specifically, it was most likely when he was still a child because his mother has to pester him to pray. Later in life F.D. Huntington went to Harvard divinity school and became an ordained minister.

3. "Verily" is an archaic English word that means "truly"

4. Quote from Hebrews 11:6

5. Bible Verse: John 6:37

6. Bible Verse: Mathew 11:28-29

7. Bible Verse: Mathew 7:7

8. Bible Verse: John 6:68

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