Letter from Hattie N to Mother, 1869


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Letter from Hattie N to Mother, 1869


Married people in missionary work; Travel; Children of missionaries; Railroads


In this letter, Harriet writes to her Mother from Canton. She begins by discussing the news from the home, and ends by asking for more updates on her extended family. There is also news about new missionaries coming with their families to China. There is an embossed seal on this letter of a lion, shield, and leaves.


Noyes, Harriet Newell


The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Box #1 






Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant




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[Note: embossed seal with lion, shield, and leaves]
Canton China
My own dear Mother, [Note: written in pencil] 1869.
I find in my drawer
this sheet of paper which I took two months
ago to commence your birthday letter on &
then changed it for a larger one, & there has been
in Henry's writing desk a long time an envelope
directed to you stamped & marked to go by the
"Japan." So as that is the steamer that is out
this time it will just suit to send it on.
The last mail brought us such good
news all around. We were so glad to hear
that dear Mattie Crane is so much better.
Dr Lowries letter tells us that the two new
missionaries with their "better selves" will
probably come in December. Dr Happer
& family in January & Mr Condit in
Feb or March. The latters return is
still depending upon "[u]her[/u]" decision I believe
but I presume is about certain.

I think it is nice that they are to come
in different steamers for if they were
all to pop in upon us at once I think
our cup of happiness would be more
than full or perhaps I had better say our
spare rooms. When we heard of the
anticipated arrivals Everybody would look
at me & ask if both the young men were
[u]married[/u] & if Mr Condit is going to bring
a [u]wife[/u] with him, happily both questions
can be answered affirmatively. I am so
afraid Dr Happer will not get time to make
you a visit before he returns, but do hope he
will, it will be so nice if we can have
a [u]living epistle[/u] from you. Mr
Preston & family have at last set
the time for their long talked of visit
to "[u]USA[/u]." They will leave here in
the steamer of February or March,
have not decided yet whether to go
by RR or steamer via Panama.
I asked in a letter not long since

whether the [u]express[/u] trains on the "A & G W
RR" stop at Seville Station now.
I do not know whether it would be
convenient for them to stop & spend
a night with you on the way or not
they would like to if they could do so
easily. They have six little folks
four under six years of age who
will get their passage free on the RR.
As Sarah & Alice were glad I told them
not to be afraid of Mrs Jones. I will say
of the Prestons that I dont think any
one could be afraid of them if they
tried. I would like so much if you
could see them all the children are
nice little folks. As I have told you
before I think they occupy the other side
of this house so if we stay [--here--] ^[in this house] we may
live together many years. I hope we
will not have to move I presume will
not unless it should seem sometime
in the future as though some one else

has a better claim. Mr Condit I suppose
will take Mr Prestons house while he is
away. Please tell us in your [u]next[/u] about
the trains. How would Henry and I feel
if we had been out here sixteen years
and were going home in a few months
[u]How would we feel[/u]. We would have
some long talks about ever so many
things we cannot put on paper if
we were with you all again. I am
very sure. We have at last decided
to go down to Macao, and I expect we
shall have a nice time, [u]sea bathing[/u].
I always thought I should enjoy that.
I presume we shall stay about two
weeks. I am glad you had such
a good visit from Aunt Fay. How
much I should like to see "Cousin
Mary." Have you heard anything
lately from any of Uncle Wheeler's family.
What has become of "Cousin Charlie."
I hope you are feeling well & strong
again by this time. I hope you will tell
no whether those scrofula sores have all got
entirely well. My sheet is full so I must
say good-bye Your loving daughter Hattie N.

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Noyes, Harriet Newell, “Letter from Hattie N to Mother, 1869,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed August 15, 2022, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/34.

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