Letter from Hattie to Em, August 29, 1881

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Title

Letter from Hattie to Em, August 29, 1881

Subject

Health; Death; Kerr, J. G. (John Glasgow), 1824-1901; Clothing

Description

Harriet thanks Emily for some drawings she sent, before listing updates on their friends, particularly Mrs. Kerr who is still in poor health. Harriet expresses sympathy for their daughter Hattie who has to wait on Mrs. Kerr and is frequently told that her mother is going to die. Harriet is also sorry that Ms. Kerr has not gotten the chance to make any clothing, noting that Dr. Kerr is rather shabbily dressed.

Creator

Noyes, Harriet Newell

Source

The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Box #2

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1881-08-29

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_256

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Canton China
Aug 29[u]th[/u] 1881
My dear Em
I am very grateful
to you for taking time to draw
all those pictures of the decorating
of the church. They have given
us a very good idea. I would
so much have liked to see
it I wish they could have
taken some views. I think
you must have felt repaid
for your work. It seems
as though the decorations
were perfect in design.
We were especially pleased
with the beautiful tribute to
[u]Father[/u] and grateful for
your remembrance of the
China missionaries. It was
so nice that Mattie got home
in time I wish it had been
possible for us to have been
there too. I had a chance

to show your letter +c to
Henry last Thursday. I
think that was very nice at
the back of the church under
the [?gallery?] "Peace be within
thy walls"- indeed I do not
see how anything could have
been improved. Mrs Kerr
was very much interested
in hearing about it. Poor
woman she is quite ill now
and has been for several
days with fever but is somewhat
better to-day. I think that
both she and Dr Kerr are
so worried about Josie. They
both seem to be growing old
so fast. They have not heard
a word from him for three
mails. Poor little Hattie has
rather a hard time her
mother I think is very
[?exacting?] and makes her
wait on her a great deal
and then worries the poor

child by making her think she
isnt going to live but a little
while. It seems too bad to
worry Hattie so when I dont
suppose there is any danger of
her not getting along as she only
has malarial fever. Tell Martha
she has AYau one of the medical
students to take care of her.
She really does look poorly
and has not seemed at all
well since she came back
complains of pain all the
time- She always wants to
have her love sent to you
all. She so often speaks about
Mrs Henrys mother + sisters. I
am sorry when they were so kind
to her for so long that they did
not keep it up a little longer
she seems quite humbled about it.
I hear the other side and know
exactly how they did feel so I
havnt much material to manufacture
any comfort for her - when she

talks to me about it. This
morning when I went over she had
on a flannel jacket of Dr Kerr's.
I am sorry for her she says she
has been intending to make some
clothing. I cut out a sacque for
her the other day but I suppose she
has not got it made. Mr Fulton was
talking the other day about how shabbily
Dr Kerr dressed last winter - said he
wanted to [u]give[/u] him a suit of clothes. I
often noticed it but I suppose he felt that
he must [u]save[/u] in every way for he paid
Mrs Kerr's and Hattie's expenses home
and back again. Mr Fulton
is neat in his appearance but
he is not by any means a "[u]pretty[/u]"
man. He is going to live with
Mr Pearce on Shamin. Tell
Mattie Mr Eichler expects to
be married after a while and
live in the other side of that
house when Mr [?Edge?] was
formerly. Well it is not very
late but I am rather tired
so I think I will say
good-night and see if I
cannot get up early in the
morning write some more
Your loving Hattie --



中国广州
1881 年 8 月 29 日
我亲爱的 Em
我非常感谢你花时间画出教堂装饰的所有照片。
他们给了我们一个很好的主意。
我非常希望看到它,
我希望他们能采取一些看法。
我想你一定觉得你的工作得到了回报。
似乎装饰在设计上是完美的。
我们特别高兴地向父亲致敬,
并感谢您纪念中国传教士。
马蒂能及时回家真是太好了,
我希望我们也能到那里。
上周四我有机会把你的信给亨利看。
我认为在教堂后面的画廊“和平在你的墙内”下非常好——事实上,
我看不出有什么可以改进的。
克尔夫人很想听听这件事。
可怜的女人,
她现在病得很重,
发烧好几天了,
但今天好些了。
我认为她和克尔博士都很担心乔西。
他们俩似乎老得这么快。
他们没有收到他的三封邮件。
可怜的小海蒂很难过她的母亲,
我认为她的母亲非常苛刻,
让她非常等待她,
然后让可怜的孩子担心,
让她认为她只能活一会儿。
让海蒂担心似乎太糟糕了,
所以当我不认为她有任何不相处的危险时,
因为她只有疟疾热。
告诉玛莎,
她让一名医学生 AYau 照顾她。
她确实看起来很糟糕,
自从她回来后一直在抱怨痛苦,
她看起来一点也不好 - 她总是想把她的爱送给大家。
她经常谈论亨利夫人的母亲和姐妹。
我很抱歉他们对她这么好这么久,
以至于他们没有再坚持一段时间,
她似乎对此很谦虚。
我听到对方的声音,
并且确切地知道他们的感受,
所以我没有太多材料来为她制造任何安慰——
当她和我谈论这件事时。
今天早上我过去的时候,
她穿着克尔医生的法兰绒夹克。
我为她感到难过,
她说她一直打算做一些衣服。
前几天我为她剪了一个长袍,
但我想她还没有做好。
富尔顿先生前几天在谈论科尔博士去年冬天穿得多么破旧 -
说他想给他一套衣服。
我经常注意到这一点,
但我想他觉得他必须以各种方式存钱,
因为他支付了克尔太太和海蒂的费用。
富尔顿先生外表整洁,
但绝不是一个“漂亮”的人。
他将和皮尔斯先生一起住在沙面上。
告诉马蒂,
艾希勒先生希望在一段时间后结婚,
并住在埃奇先生以前住的那所房子的另一边。
好吧,
现在还不是很晚,
但我有点累了,
所以我想我会说晚安,
看看我是否能早起,
再写一些你的爱,
海蒂——

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Noyes, Harriet Newell, “Letter from Hattie to Em, August 29, 1881,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed July 13, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/307.

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