Letter from Mattie to Clara, February 13

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Title

Letter from Mattie to Clara, February 13

Subject

Disease; Women physicians; Sick

Description

Mattie writes to Clara about the letters they have received recently. Hattie is sick but Martha thinks she would do a lot better with some rest. Dr. Niles is asking for another female doctor to be added to the mission. She writes about Sadie Caughey, who is sick and dying, and her family.

Creator

Kerr, Martha Noyes

Source

The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Box #5

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

02-13

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_510

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Feb 13th
Dear Clara
We received your
Sabbath afternoon letter
dated Jan 4th Wednes, are
again on the anxious seat
about you all. But we
always want to know the truth
of the case whatever it is.
We are on the look out
for the next mail which
will be here in three or four
days and we hope to have
better news. My cold clings
to me most persistently but
I hope to get the better of it
soon. When you get this
it will not be more than
a month probably before you
will have Hattie with you
We expect her to be at
home by the last of Apr
letters from Macau last eve

[?repod?] her as better it is not
pleasant to have her away
but it can not be avoided
As we grow older it seems as
though we grow less restive
under what we must receive
as providential dispensations
Hatties nervous system
is now we feel the prime
difficulty. I cannot say that
I feel perfectly at rest about
the other trouble but the Dr
thinks as far as her kidneys
are concerned there is nothing
wrong. Rest will do wonders
for her if she can only get
it. No one here knows of her
plans. Under the circumstances
it is better so. It will not be
divulged here until the last
moment, so she will be spared
all possible rush and excite
ment. No one seems to think
of such an outcome. Her

being under your brothers care
saves a great deal being said.
Miss Butler is ready except a
few last things which will be
quietly attended to. I suppose
when they come up from Macau
next time they will remain here
until they leave for America.
It is only 6 weeks and 4 days more
before the 1st of April. You must
not work hard to get ready for
their coming, remember that
I hope you will see Dr Niles
before her return. We expect
she will bring out another Dr
{lady} with her in fact the Dr
is going to ask the mission to
send for one. The little blind
girls under my charge while
she is away are getting on
well. Hope they will continue
to do so until she comes back.
Everybody looks cold. It is out
patient day and no women
have come but there will be

a plenty as soon as warm
weather comes. The hotter it
is the more sickness and
more work for the Drs. If we
go home next year it will
help us to get through the
months between. You must be
as careful of yourselves as pos
sible. It is perfectly wonderful
how Sarah keeps going I thought
years ago she would be obliged
to stop and rest. Dear little
Sadie Caughey, what a mistake
not to tell her her situation
and [u] help [/u] [u] her [/u] to look forward
to the Change that is so surely com
ing. Do they suppose she has
had no misgivings herself. If
so has she been left to hear them
alone. It is such a blessing
if she is ready. I can only think
of her as a little girl. It is hard
Emma can not be with her. These
public schools are Cast iron

[Continued vertically on the first page]
If Sadie is living when this letter reaches you tell her
we have thought of
and pray
for her
May she
rest in
Jesus Arms
I have
felt Aunt
Marians
death so
much.
Lovingly
Mattie



2 月 13 日
亲爱的 Clara
我们收到了你们 1 月 4 日星期三的安息日下午的来信,
再次为你们大家感到焦虑。
但我们总是想知道案件的真相,
不管它是什么。
我们正在寻找下一封邮件,
这将在三四天后到达,
我们希望有更好的消息。
我的感冒最顽固地粘在我身上,
但我希望很快能好起来。
当你得到这个时,
可能不会超过一个月你就会有海蒂和你在一起 我们希望她能在四月的最后一个晚上回家这是无法避免的随着年龄的增长,
我们似乎变得不那么不安,
因为我们必须接受天意的安排,
哈蒂斯的神经系统现在是我们感到的主要困难。
我不能说我对其他问题完全放心,
但医生认为就她的肾脏而言,
没有什么问题。
休息会为她创造奇迹,
如果她能得到它。
这里没有人知道她的计划。
在这种情况下,
这样更好。
直到最后一刻才在这里泄露,
免得她心急如焚。
似乎没有人想到这样的结果。
她在你兄弟的照顾下可以节省很多话。
巴特勒小姐已经准备好了,
除了最后几件将被悄悄处理的事情。
我想下次他们从澳门来的时候,
他们会一直留在这里,
直到他们离开去美国。
距离 4 月 1 日还有 6 周零 4 天。
你不必努力为他们的到来做好准备,
记住我希望你能在奈尔斯医生回来之前见到她。
我们预计她会带出另一位博士 {lady} 和她一起,
事实上博士会要求任务派来一个。
她不在的时候,
我负责的盲人小姑娘们相处得很好。
希望他们会继续这样做,
直到她回来。
每个人看起来都很冷。
这是病人的一天,
没有女人来,
但只要天气暖和,
就会有很多。
天气越热,
医生的病就越多,
工作也就越多。
如果我们明年回家,
它将帮助我们度过这几个月的时间。
你必须尽可能地小心自己。
莎拉如何继续前进真是太棒了,
几年前我认为她将不得不停下来休息。
亲爱的小萨迪·考伊(Sadie Caughey),
不告诉她她的情况并帮助她期待即将到来的变革是多么大的错误。
他们是否认为她自己没有疑虑。
如果是这样,
她就只能独自听到他们的声音。
如果她准备好了,
那真是太幸运了。
我只能把她想象成一个小女孩。
很难艾玛不能和她在一起。
这些公立学校是铸铁的 [第一页垂直续] 如果萨迪在收到这封信时还活着,
请告诉她我们已经想到并为她祈祷 愿她安息在耶稣的怀抱中 我深深地感受到玛丽安阿姨的死。
可爱的玛蒂

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Kerr, Martha Noyes, “Letter from Mattie to Clara, February 13,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed June 25, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/564.

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