Letter from Varnum Noyes to Lois Noyes, March 5, 1839

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Title

Letter from Varnum Noyes to Lois Noyes, March 5, 1839

Subject

Wives; Travel; Class actions (Civil procedure)

Description

In this letter to his wife, Varnum writes about his unpleasant travels to Philadelphia. He discusses a lawsuit he is testifying in that it appears he traveled for. The case is taking very long and it is probable that he will not be home till the end of March. He misses his congregation and wishes his wife well with all their kids.

Creator

Noyes, Varnum

Source

Loose, The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1839-03-05

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_931

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Philadelphia March 5, 1839
Having but little to do
this afternoon I have thought I would com
mence a letter to you though I may write
a day or two before I put it in the mail
in hopes of having a line from you. I arri
ved here last evening after a tedious journey
I found the traveling exceedingly bad. I left
Wooster on Saturday and got as far as Paris
a distance of about forty miles about mid
night and concluded there to spend the Sab
bath. The rest of the passengers went on Sab
bath morning. Here owing to the [?badomen?] of
the roads and the consequent derangement
of the stages I was obliged to stay till tues
day morning Tuesday we proceeded on
as far as New Lisbon a distance of 26 or
28 miles and no urgency could prevail on
them to carry me any farther that night.
Thursday morning we proceeded on our
journey and arrived at Smith's Ferry on the
Ohio about 1 o clock in the afternoon. There
were two steam boats in sight but they had
gone by and so I had to tarry there till night
About dark I made out to get aboard of a
boat and arrived in Pittsburg thursday
morning at 1 oclock. Was detained in Pittsburg
till Friday morning, when I took the stage
for Philadelphia. Owing to the

mud and snow our progress was slow.
Was in the stage all of the first night
and most of the second. Spent the Sab
bath in Huntington. The day of rest was
very acceptable though I was so sleepy I
could scarcely keep awake at meeting.
Heard an agent of the Assemblies board of
Foreign Missions in the day time and an
agent of the Seamen [?friends?] society in the
evening. Monday morning took the stage.
The weather was extremely cold though
pleasant through the day. Travelled all
night and arrived in Harrisburg just in
time to take the morning cars which brought
us to Philadelphia last evening about 6
o clock. Last night I [?turned?] at Dr Greens
and to day have taken lodging in the
family of a Mr Evans where I receive
the kindest attention. The law suit has
made but little progress. They have com
menced taking testimony to day. The pros
pect is that the case will be rather
tedious and what will be the decision
we of course know not. My health is good
with the exception of fatigue. I hope that
during my absence you may enjoy the
smiles of providence and the consolations
of religion. It is perhaps a good thing at
times to put the effects of our own weak
men. But I know of nothing better for

christians than to trust in the Lord and
go forward in the path of duty.
Though he slay me yet will I trust in
him is the language of an ancient saint
and it should be the language of every
child of God. I shall reserve the remainder
a day or two in hopes of a letter from you
9th Called this morning at the post office in hopes
of finding a letter from you but found none.
Trust you are getting along well. The law suit
progresses tardily almost a week is gone and
the testimony on the part of the prosecution is
not yet finished. So I may rest for the present
[illegible] I shall not probably be called up
till the last part of next week. I am at present
inclined to think that I shall not go to
New England, but return to Ohio as soon as I
can be spared. A number of my old friends
are here, Mr Sathrop, Judge Brown &c.
How the case will terminate I know not.
The Lord reigneth and let him reign. Such
business as I am now engaged in is not
very congenial to my feelings. My people
need not much expect me home till about
the last of March. I hope they will not
cease to assemble together for prayer and
religious worship. Take good care of yourself
and our dear children till my return. Take a
cathartic occasionally if necessary. Your affection
ate husband Varnum Noyes

Miss Lois W. Noyes
Guilford Medina Co
Ohio



费城 1839 年 3 月 5 日
无事可做
今天下午我以为我会开始给你写一封信
虽然我可以写
在我把它放入邮件前一两天
希望能收到你的来信。我昨晚到达这里
经过一段乏味的旅程
我发现旅行非常糟糕。我离开了
周六伍斯特到达巴黎
午夜时分大约四十英里的距离
并在那里结束了安息日。
其余的乘客在安息日早上出发。
这里由于 [?看不到的词?] 的
道路和随之而来的混乱
我不得不待到星期二早上的阶段。
周二我们继续
至新里斯本,距离 26 或
28英里,没有紧迫感
那天晚上他们把我带到了更远的地方。
星期四早上我们继续我们的
旅程并抵达史密斯渡轮
俄亥俄州下午 1 点左右。那里
有两艘蒸汽船在眼前,但他们有
过去了,所以我不得不在那里呆到晚上
天黑了,我想登上一艘
星期四乘船抵达匹兹堡
早上1点。在匹兹堡被拘留
直到星期五早上,当我上台时
为费城。由于

泥泞和雪地,我们的进度很慢。
第一个晚上都在舞台上
和大多数第二个。在亨廷顿度过安息日。
休息日是
非常可以接受,虽然我很困,我
开会时几乎不能保持清醒。
听说议会的代理人
白天的外国使团和
海员协会的代理人
晚上。星期一早上上台。
虽然天气非常冷
愉快的一天。走遍了所有
晚上刚到哈里斯堡
是时候乘坐带来的早晨汽车了
我们昨晚大约 6 点到费城
时钟。昨晚我转向“绿党”医师
并且今天已经寄宿在
我收到的“埃文斯”先生的家人
最亲切的关注。诉讼有
取得了进展,但进展甚微。他们今天已经开始作证。
前景
是这种情况会相当
乏味的,会是什么决定
我们当然不知道。我的身体很好
除了疲劳。我希望
在我不在的时候,你可以享受
天意的微笑和安慰
的宗教。这也许是件好事
次把我们自己弱的影响
男人。但我知道没有比这更好的了

基督徒不如信靠主
在职责的道路上前进。
虽然他杀了我但我会相信
他是古代圣人的语言
它应该是每个人的语言
上帝的孩子。我将保留剩余的
一两天希望收到你的来信
9th 今天早上在邮局打电话希望
找到一封你的信,但没有找到。
相信你们相处得很好。法律诉讼
进展缓慢 几乎一个星期过去了
控方的证词是
还没有完成。所以我可以暂时休息
[无法辨认] 我可能不会被召唤
直到下周的最后一部分。我目前
倾向于认为我不会去
新英格兰,但我一回来就回俄亥俄
可以幸免。我的一些老朋友
萨思罗普先生和布朗法官来了
案件将如何终止我不知道。
主掌权,让他掌权。这样的
我现在从事的业务不是
非常符合我的感受。我的人
不用太期待我回家
三月的最后一天。我希望他们不会
停止聚集在一起祈祷和
宗教崇拜。好好照顾你自己
和我们亲爱的孩子,直到我回来。拿一个
必要时偶尔宣泄。你深情的丈夫varnum Noyes

Miss Lois W. Noyes
吉尔福德麦地那公司
俄亥俄州

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Noyes, Varnum, “Letter from Varnum Noyes to Lois Noyes, March 5, 1839,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed January 31, 2023, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/1020.

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