Letter from C.W. Fay to Brother and Sister Noyes, July 4, 1848


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Letter from C.W. Fay to Brother and Sister Noyes, July 4, 1848


Moving, Household; Procrastination; Education; Children; Construction


In this letter from Clara Walker Fay (wife of Rev. Gilbert Otis Fay; sister or cousin of Lois Walker) to Lois and Varnum Noyes, C.W. says that she meant to write sooner, but has been busy moving house. She discusses how her neighbors and mutual acquaintances are doing, particularly referring to their health. She also writes about her children and how they are doing in school. She concludes by sending her regards and giving further details about their new home.


Fay, Clara Walker


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[Note: Additional note written sideways in the margin of page one]
If you see my Wadsworth friends remember me affection
ately to them. Let me know how they get along ------
Sarah Metcalf married to Mr [?Spaulding?] of Salmon falls he was ordained last
winter. Esq Luthers daughter.

Medway July 4, 1848.
Dear Brother & Sister Noyes
I am ashamed and
know it is too bad I have not answered your letter
before this. I have no very good excuse to offer
for my neglect. I have been thinking I would
write next week these three months- I have
had a good deal to do this spring and summer.
I am in hopes, I shall have some more leisure.
I let Sarah go into the straw shop after the
winter school finished, she boarded with me, she
was unwell the months of April and May with
the rheumatism. I moved the 2 week in May
into my new house on the other side of the
road; we carried all our things in our hands &
on a wheelbarrow which made it quite as hard
for me, as though I had moved farther as I had my
work to do (Sarah being unable to assist me)
I had to carry across the road a great many
times. Mrs Mason has been very much occupied
and confined for several months, on account
of the feebleness of old Mrs Mason. she dont
do any of her work. Sister has to do all for her
she is not willing to have any body live with her
so Mrs Mason has to go over and look after her
a great many times in a day. She dont complain
of anything but weakness, she is very much emaciated.

I dont think she will live long-- Our brothers and
sisters are in there usual health. [?Dr?] Clark is rather
better on the whole. Sarah married Mr Basset and has
gone to Killingly to live with the old folks. Sarah Eaton
came home the last of May, I hardly know whether to
say she is better or not. she dont appear at all ^[as] she
used to- George Fisher, Mr Amos Fishers only son, remain
ing child, is failing in a consumption, he is
a yearl older than Orion is engage to Harriet Har
ding. Adaliza Clark has a fine large healthy
daughter 3 or 4 months old. she seems very well.
Capt Portridges wife is rather feeble -- Dr Ide[?f?] is rather
feeble he preaches most of the time. Jacob has
been very sick with the rheumatic fever. Mr Sanford
after his return seemed much better, but he has had
some ill turns this year, he is very careless, and
always will be, it is natural to him. Mrs Sanford has
about done going out for the present --- There is no
special attention to the subject ^[of religion] in this town, the
^[people] seem very much engaged in the world, in build
ing houses. I never knew so many new houses going
up as at the present time in the village, a large Hotel
5 stones high where the old one stood- A most
splendid store front of Mr Sanfords, owned by Amos
Fisher to be occupied by Abram Harding when completed
It is as splendid a building as I ever saw -- Orion
is still in Mr Blakes store in the village Henry
is at home- Gilbert has worked for Mr Mason, he will
finish the last of this month- and have 3 or 4 weeks

to fix up my things before he goes to school. I
think of sending him to Andover to Phillips academy
the 1st of Sept. I have concluded it will be best for
me to stay at home, and let Gilbert board out as it is
so much work for me to move to get fixed. Changes
are a great tax upon my health [--I like my new hab--]
Gilbert thinks it is best for him to board; and is willing
to go alone. Last Sabbath he made a public profession
of religion O that he may not be deceived but be
a firm pillar in the church of God. He has had very
little leisure this year for reading or writing
he thinks when he has more leisure he will write
to his cousins-- Fay & Elmira go to school. Elmira
studies Colburns Arithmetic, Geography. Fay, Emmersons
Arithmetich, Halls Geography, and, sings a good deal
If Martha and Hatty were here, he would sing them
a good many tunes. He reads very well in the Bible,
commits easy, speaks rather long [?yet?], is a little mis
chievious, loves to go to school, wears home the medal
every week I have just asked him what I should write
to you, he says "that I am a good boy, for I will be a good
boy." -- We all want to see Emily we remem-
ber her little prattle can she [?scots?] any yet--?
I like my new house much, it has six rooms, two
on each floor all finished it is 18 feet by 24 -- end to the
road, stairs on the front entry Excellent water, a brass
kettle set in the wood house 4 apple trees large enought &
bear apples a front yard large enough to raise a few
vegatables I hope you will not do as I have done to you but
write if not but a few lines. We all unite in love to you & yours
C.W. Fay

[Clara Walker Fay, husband Rev. Gilbert Otis Fay, sister or cousin of Lois Walker Noyes]

Medway NY 10
July 11
Rev Varnum Noyes
Medina Co

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Fay, Clara Walker, “Letter from C.W. Fay to Brother and Sister Noyes, July 4, 1848,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed August 15, 2022, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/1051.

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