Letter from V. Noyes to her Sister, August 12, 1844

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Letter from V. Noyes to her Sister, August 12, 1844

Subject

Religion; Clergy; Children; Brothers and sisters; Death

Description

In this letter to her sister Zoa, Varnum talks about various acquaintances of theirs. Mr. Samuel Harris has died, and Bartlet Benton and Ann Harris have disgraced themselves due to the fact that they "were pretty intimate last summer." He also talks about how his children are doing and his vocation as a minister. He believes that the state or religion in his town is low and complains about professors of religion. He concludes by informing Zoa that he has not heard from brother J nor brother A.

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Noyes, Varnum

Source

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

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Unpublished

Date

1844-08-12

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Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

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PDF

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eng (English)

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noyes_c_cor_934

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Guilford Aug 12 1844
Dear Sister
I should not perhaps have
written so soon had it to been for a partic
ular reason. Esq Hosmer started for New England
last Thursday with his wife son and two daugh
ters. He is going to Vermont and informed me
that he should travel down Connecticut
river from there to Mass. I urged him to
cross the river and give you a call which he
seemed inclined to do. As he goes in a private
conveyance he will not probably be in your
part of the country under two or three weeks.
I thought I would drop you a line so that
if he should give you a call he might not
take you entirely by surprise. Besides I did not
know but you might be from home and
might not see him [?earn?] if he should call
unless you had notice. He goes in a very com
fortable way having a covered two horse carriage
and can journey at his leisure. I hope he will
call and if he had not so much load of his
own I should be glad to have you return
with him. When I see any of my neighbours going
cart it generally excites a desire to go with them.
But it is difficult for me to leave. Perhaps you
would like to hear something about us though
if Mr Hosmer should call they can tell you
more than I can write. It is a time of health
in the place. Mr Samuel Harris is dead. He
died about two weeks since, and there is reason
to fear without that preparation which is ne
cessary in order to be happy here after. He
has left a large family who will sensibly feel
his loss. The Baptists are building quite a splendid
brick meeting house a few rods east of the
Congregational house. They calculate to have
a bell so that we may expect before long to hear

"the sound of the church going bell" in these back
woods. The Congregationalists have no minister
at present. There are some reports about Mr Cham
berlain unfavorable to his moral character
I know not whether true or false. I think the
Congregational Church will most likely run
down. Dr Hopkins has moved away. Zoa, Whitney
and his wife have gone to the Methodist and some
others talk of moving away. Mrs Dix remains with
us yet and I rather think she will continue to do so.
Two or three professors of religion have moved into
the place who will probably unite with our church.
Our Sabbath school does not prosper remarkably
Mr. Chaplin is not a first rate superintendent.
We have no bible class this summer. We have
a pretty good congregation on the Sabbath. I am
delivering a course of sermons on the ten com
mandments. Yesterday I preached on the seventh.
The house was well filled, many having a curios
ity to know what I would say on this difficult
subject. There is need enough to preach on this subject
though I do not know as it will do any good.
You perhaps recalled that Bartlet Benton and
Ann Harris your scholar were pretty intimate
last summer. They have badly disgraced them
selves and their parents feel pretty bad about
the matter. I believe the parent are quite as
much to blame as the children. Mrs Harris
is quite unwell and I think her troubles wear
upon her health. We have a new store opened
which makes [?form?] in our little vilage. Alex
ander Whiteside has commenced the study of
medicine, and has joined the masonic lodge.
He thinks of teaching again next winter. Mr Wase
is now here and calculates to stay a few weeks.
Mrs N enjoys good health, and is in good spirits. She
has rather too much work to do. Sarah has been
to school but will now be at home and
relieve Mrs N. of some [?care?]. Edward, Francis

and Martha have also been attending school.
Henry we have had to keep at home to help his
Mother. He is a very good hand to take care of
little Harriet. Gilbert grows finely and makes
quite a sprightly little boy, full of mischief
and of course needs much watching. The babe is
healthy and the mother thinks quite a decent little
girl. We think [--to me--] of trying to leave some of
the older children to [?braid?] in order to busy
them when we have no school.
The state of religion among us is low. The prayer
meeting on Thursday is thinly attended. It does ap
pear to me that the world is uppermost in
the minds of most professors of religion, though
there are some who seem engaged. The difficul
ty between Mr Dowd and Mr Harris is not yet
settled, though there is some prospect that it
may be before long. I do not think they can
expect to prosper, while harbouring such feelings
as they do towards each other. The cause of
religion suffers from the conduct of such mem
bers. I sometimes think it is no wonder that the
cause of religion makes no more advancement
considering the conduct of its professors. Two
or three disorderly professors can counteract all
the efforts of the minister and the rest of the church.
I should be glad if you were here to assist in
instructing a bible class and other ways. I should
undertake the instruction of a bible class myself
if my health would persist, but I am afraid
with my health to undertake it. I hope the
church in Westmoreland will labour without the
pastor and not put the burden wholy on him
I have not yet received any letter from Judge Baker
A correspondence with him or any other of my
old friends would be very agreeable to me.
I have sometimes thought of writing a letter to
the church of W. but as I am a stranger to the
pastor it might seem out of place.
[Note: the following is written vertically in left margin]
Mrs N unites with me in love to you all. I have written a mixed up mess. come and see us soon as you can.

When I commenced this I supposed Mrs N would
write some but as she is being this morning at
the wash tub, and we are calculating to go out
and make some calls this afternoon she thinks
it impracticable but intends to write you before
long. I want to hear how you all are especial
ly our aged mother. You must therefore write
soon. I hear nothing from brother J. If you
know any thing about him please to communi
cate it to me.
[Note: the following is the address written vertically]
Guilford, O 25
August 14
Miss Zoa Noyes
Westmoreland
Newhampshire
[Note: letter continues horizontally]
Tell brother A that if he does not write me
soon I shall get out of patience and write
him again. If he was incapable of writing I
would have nothing to say, but he has already
given evidence that he is up to the business
so that I shall be under the necessity of attributing
his neglect to disinclination. I wrote mother the [illegible]
July and shall hope for an answer from her
and also from Sister N. Affectionately yours V. Noyes
[u]write soon[/u]



吉尔福德 1844 年 8 月 12 日
亲爱的妹妹
我也许不应该
这么快就写出来了,一定是有特殊原因的。
Esq Hosmer 开始前往新英格兰
上周四与他的妻子儿子和两个女儿
条款。他要去佛蒙特州并通知我
他应该去康涅狄格州旅行
从那里到马萨诸塞州的河流。我敦促他
过河给你一个电话,他
似乎倾向于这样做。当他进入私人
运输工具他可能不会在你的
全国部分地区不到两三周。
我以为我会给你写信
如果他应该给你打电话,他可能不会
完全让你大吃一惊。另外我没有
知道,但你可能在家
如果他应该打电话可能看不到他
除非你有通知。他进入了一个非常com
有盖的两匹马车的好方法
并且可以悠闲地旅行。我希望他会
打电话,如果他没有那么多负担
我应该很高兴你回来
和他一起。当我看到我的任何邻居去
购物车它通常会激发与他们一起去的愿望。
但我很难离开。也许你
想听听关于我们的事
如果霍斯默先生打电话,他们可以告诉你
超过我能写的。这是一个健康的时代
在那个地方。塞缪尔·哈里斯先生死了。他
大约两周后去世,这是有原因的
没有那种准备就害怕
为了以后在这里过得开心,就必须停止。他
留下了一个大家庭,他们会明智地感到
他的损失。浸信会正在建造一个相当壮丽的
砖砌会议室东边几杆
公会之家。他们计算有
一个钟声,以便我们可以期待不久听到

“教堂的钟声”在这些后面
树木。公理会没有部长
现在。有报道称张伯伦先生不利于他的道德品质
我不知道是真是假。
我觉得
公理会很可能会运行
下。霍普金斯医生已经搬走了。佐亚,惠特尼
和他的妻子去了卫理公会和一些
其他人谈论搬走。迪克斯夫人留在
我们还没有,我宁愿认为她会继续这样做。
两三名宗教教授搬进来
可能会与我们的教会联合的地方。
我们的安息日学并没有显着繁荣
卓别林先生不是一流的警司。
今年夏天我们没有圣经课。我们有
安息日的一个很好的会众。我是
就十诫讲道。
昨天我在七号讲道。
屋子里人满为患,很多人都很好奇
知道我会在这个困难上说什么
主题。有足够的需要就这个主题进行宣讲
虽然我不知道它会有什么好处。
你也许还记得 Bartlet Benton 和
安哈里斯你的学者非常亲密
上个夏天。他们严重羞辱了他们
自己和父母都觉得很不好
此事。我相信父母是相当的
作为孩子的罪魁祸首。哈里斯夫人
身体很不舒服,我认为她的烦恼很严重
关于她的健康。我们开了一家新店
这在我们的小村庄里形成了形式。亚历山大·怀特塞德
已经开始研究
医学,并已加入共济会会所。
他想明年冬天再去教书。瓦斯先生
现在在这里,计算要停留几个星期。
N 夫人身体健康,精神振奋。她
有太多的工作要做。莎拉已经
上学,但现在在家
减轻 N 夫人的一些关心。爱德华,弗朗西斯

和玛莎也一直在上学。
亨利,我们不得不待在家里帮助他
母亲。他是一个很好照顾的手
小哈丽特。吉尔伯特长得很好,使
一个活泼的小男孩,充满了恶作剧
当然需要多多关注。宝贝是
健康,母亲认为相当体面的小
女孩。我们想试着留下一些
大一点的孩子为了忙而编辫子
他们在我们没有学校的时候。
我们中间的宗教状况很低。祈祷
周四的会议出席人数很少。在我看来,世界是至高无上的
大多数宗教教授的思想,
尽管
有些人似乎订婚了。多德先生和哈里斯先生之间的困难还没有
安顿下来,
虽然有一些前景
可能用不了多久。我不认为他们可以
期望繁荣,同时怀有这样的感情
就像他们对彼此所做的那样。的原因
宗教因这种记忆的行为而受苦
贝尔斯。有时我觉得这也难怪
宗教事业不再进步
考虑到其教授的行为。二
或者三个无序的教授可以抵消所有
牧师和教会其他成员的努力。
如果你能来帮忙,我会很高兴的
指导圣经课和其他方式。我应该
自己接受圣经班的指导
如果我的健康会持续下去,但我很害怕
以我的健康来承担。我希望
威斯特摩兰的教会将在没有
牧师而不是放重担全在他身上
我还没有收到贝克法官的任何信
与他或我的任何其他人的通信
老朋友会对我很满意。
我有时想写一封信给
W 的教堂,但因为我对
牧师这似乎不合适。
[注:以下内容是竖写在左边距]
N 夫人和我一起爱着你们所有人。我写了一个混乱的混乱。尽快来看看我们。

当我开始这件事时,我以为 N 夫人会
写一些,但正如她今天早上在
洗个澡盆,我们打算出去
今天下午打几个电话,她认为
它不切实际,但打算在此之前给您写信
长。我想听听你们有多特别
是我们年迈的母亲。因此你必须写
很快。我没有听到 J 弟兄的消息。如果你
知道他的任何事请交流
给我吃。
【注:以下为竖写的地址】
吉尔福德,O 25
8 月 14 日
佐亚·诺伊斯小姐
威斯特摩兰
新罕布什尔
[注:字母水平继续]
告诉A兄弟,如果他不给我写信
很快我就会失去耐心开始写作
又是他。如果他不会写我
无话可说,但他已经
有证据证明他能胜任这项业务
这样我就有必要归因于
他的疏忽懒惰。我给妈妈写了[无法辨认]
七月,希望得到她的答复
也来自 N. 修女。您的 V. Noyes 深情
尽快回信

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Noyes, Varnum, “Letter from V. Noyes to her Sister, August 12, 1844,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed January 31, 2023, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/1023.

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