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1845.01.04 - Elizabeth Huntington to Frederic Dan Huntington, Jan. 4th, 1845


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Jan 4, 1845 My dear Frederic,

I feel asham’d and sorry that I should have delay’d writing to you so long, as to make it appear that I am ungrateful for your favours or indifferent as to your promised visit however appearances may be against me, I think you cannot be uncertain as to the state of my heart. The splendid and comfortable knick-knack as you call it will ever bring to mind my dear Frederic and Hannah at whose expense it was furnished and also the lovely sisters by whose hand it was prepared. The lord reward you all with those gifts which cannot perish in the using.

Your father has been unwell a week or two with the ery sipilas -not confirmed, but languid and heavy. He is now nearly well. I hope he may gather strength to under go the excitement which your visit may occasion; he hopes a little exercise with you on the mountain may help to preserve the equilibrium. It is very much against my judgment, and more against my inclination that you refuse to exchange labour with Mr. Ellis when he became our minister we anticipated with much pleasure the satisfaction of hearing you preach, and he too was expecting an opportunity often of having his pulpit and visiting his friend and he feels hurt and disappointed that it is not so. I feel very sure that your father has no just ground for his opinions or feelings or whatever he may call them, they originated entirely in a misapprehension of what Mr. [Apthrorp?] said to him on the subject.

On Tuesday your father and I spent the day at Charles’. Your brothers and their wives drank tea there and went with us to hear Mr. Ellis’ address founded upon these words “the harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved.” Your father called it hortatory. It was very solemn, and exceedingly well adapted to the occasion. Bethia has come back from you much refreshed and invigorated by your hospitality and kind attention. Change of air and scenes, and intercourses with beloved friends, have a wonderful effect upon the human system. I have myself felt thus forever within a week--in the little time I spent at N-n [Northampton]. It is useless I know to express regret and pain, because you cannot bring Hannah and the baby but I cannot help it. I do so long to see them, that I should be a hypocrite if I did not say so. We are wonderfully made indeed—sufficed as we may be with every thing necessary for our comfort. We ever are looking for something that we have not. These restless boundless desires! Whither do they tend? May we direct them to the Fountain which alone can satisfy.

This evening we shall expect the magazine. When I see you I will give you the money to pay for it this year. Will you purchase and bring with you half a quire of paper like this of this size of this, in which I am writing. It is not to be had at N-n.

Sarah Phelps is expected home next week. I hope we shall learn when she comes, when we may expect to see you. I received a letter from Mrs. Fisher written the evening before [this] thanksgiving. Mr. F was absent, and is so a great part of the time. Which must I think give his family unavoidable anxiety.

I am happy to know that your labour are so easy and agreeable to you. I wish it may never be otherwise, that you may never sit down to your writing with reluctance and aversion but it would be strange indeed if your sky were to be always bright and your labours always refreshing and delightful. We know who can make them so, let us cheerfully leave all our concerns to his wise and merciful disposal. I have no doubt that your rides on horse-back contribute much to your health, and consequently to your enjoyment. The effect of this exercise is most exhilarating as I have myself long ago experienced.

This weather has been remarkably fine this week. Today especially but our sleighing is about spoiled. We have entered upon a new year. May it bring to you and yours the richest blessings—even light and peace from heaven and may we all be permitted to meet at length “where rolling years shall cease to move” and our lives shall be our eternal Sabbath. With the kindest regard to Mrs. Sargent and her family and pleasant memories of other friends let me say again that I am most truly your affectionate and devoted mother.


I am not unmindful of your overflowing kindness to your parents in recommending to us to gather around us all the comfort within our reach perhaps it would be more in accordance with the office you hold as a Herald of the Cross to invite us to greater self sacrifice that we may honour and follow him who tho’ he was rich, for our sake became poor, that we thro’ his poverty might be made rich. I often feel ashamed that I do so little for him and his cause surrounded as I am by such a profusion of earthly blessings. Your father is hoping to see you soon and thanks you for your present.

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