Section of Unsigned Letter

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Title

Section of Unsigned Letter

Subject

Women educators; Women Christian educators; Anniversaries; Small cities

Description

In this letter, Mattie is writing to her sister's at home talking about her adjustments to missionary life and how she is now very grateful to be there. She also talks about how yesterday, October 12th, was the anniversary of Henry's marriage and her engagement and brings back many memories. She then closes the letter with lots of information about the going on's of people back home in the US and her reactions to the news.

Creator

Kerr, Martha Noyes

Source

The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Miscellaneous & Other Works

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

10-13

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Rights

NO COPYRIGHT - UNITED STATES

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_561

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Mr McFarland said she knew
more of the ship in all its re-
lations after the lapse of 9 days
than he did when he left it
She will have a good chance
to exercise her gifts upon this
language. Mr Nevin's family
has been joined by a little
stranger during the past week
which has brought much
happiness to all concerned but
I have not seen her yet hope
for an introduction at no
distant date. I am so glad for
dear little Loman's sake as he
has been the only child in the
family ever since they came
back from America and a
dear little sister will be a great
blessing to him. Our school
is going on nicely have 20 girls
but the womens department is
not full. My little class the 2nd
which I hear in "peep of Day" is

doing nicely indeed I feel quite
proud of them. I must say
when I first came to China
I could not fall in love with
the people much to Hattie's dis
appointment and my own as well
indeed I sometimes felt with Dr
Bliss that I had mistaken my
calling but it is all changed now
my heart is with people and
I love the pupils here just as I
did the dear girls I used to have at
home. God fits us for our work
when the time comes for us to
do it and while I was only to
study the language it seemed
no matter when my opinions
might be about this people
now as the time draws near
when I shall have charge of
active work I feel I can enter
upon it with my whole soul.
The mission field is a good
battle field and Satan does not
relinquish his hold upon us even

here indeed I have been surprised
to find what spirit I was of
But dear sisters I do believe
Jesus fulfills his promises to us
every where and I do find some
of them very precious. I am so
happy to be in China and the great-
est trial I could have would be
to be obliged to leave the work
here. I thought of home nearly
all day yesterday the 12th of Oct.
the date of the last Sabbath we
spent in the home on the hill
the date of Henry's marriage
and of my engagement. I can
never forget a day fraught with
so many memories. I felt sure
you would think about us.
I wish I could write letters this
morning instead of studying
Chinese but that will hardly an-
swer I suppose have had a cold
for a while which does not con
duce to my progress very much
I am gladd Mary Jane has a nice

[Written vertically on the fourth page]
pleasant home cannot think of her as madam.
Emma Potter wrote by the last mail that Etta and Mary
Robinson were both to be married in September but did not
tell me who was to be Etta's husband. Mr Dunlap told me
he was a runner for some house resided in Cleve-
land and was a native of Ashland but my thinking
cap does not serve me in the present instance. Her
Mr Dunlap was the means of getting Mr Stocturn his
congregation at Van Wert says 42 joined on profession
of faith during the preceeding year {he supplied the pupils}
and the church members 140 now I think they could
hardly make up their minds to part with Dr D--- but
he felt his call was to Siam. I am so glad to hear
such good accounts of Emma and Rosewelle never
had any fears as far as Emma was concerned
I know you will miss [--Chloe--] Chloe Brown very much hope
she will find it pleasant in Cal. So Ella [?Whitende?] is not
married did not know but you would have lost her
ere this time. It must be nice for he to have Amandas
company. And Thomas has gone to the land of Matrimony
What changes to be sure. I think Miss Clara has reached
the top shelf in grade am glad I have not to compete with
her. Now Mary must not study

[Continued vertically on the first page]
as hard as she did last time grade or no grade, will she
please remember the advice of a missionary sister. Paper

[Continued upside down]
full please give love to any I may
know at Wooster, and especially to Brainerd



麦克法兰先生说,
9 天过去后,
她对这艘船的所有关系了解得比他离开时还要多。
她将有很好的机会在这种语言上发挥她的天赋。
在过去的一周里,
Nevin 先生的家人加入了一个小陌生人,
这给所有相关人员带来了很多快乐,
但我还没有见到她,
还希望在不久的将来得到介绍。
看在亲爱的小洛曼的份上,
我很高兴,
因为自从他们从美国回来后,
他一直是家里唯一的孩子,
亲爱的小妹妹将是他的一大祝福。
我们学校的情况很好,
有 20 名女生,
但女子部却没有满员。
我在“窥视”中听到的第二个小班做得很好,
我确实为他们感到骄傲。
我必须说,
当我第一次来到中国时,
我无法爱上人们,
这让海蒂和我自己都失望了与人相处,
我爱这里的学生,
就像我爱我曾经在家里拥有的亲爱的女孩一样。
上帝适合我们的工作,
当我们需要做的时候,
虽然我只是学习语言,
但现在我的意见似乎无关紧要,
因为我将负责积极工作的时间快到了我觉得我可以用我的整个灵魂进入它。
宣教场是一个很好的战场,
即使在这里,
撒旦也不会放弃对我们的控制。
确实,
我很惊讶地发现我的精神是什么,
但是亲爱的姐妹们,
我确实相信耶稣在任何地方都履行了他对我们的应许,
我确实找到了一些其中非常珍贵。
我很高兴来到中国,
我能承受的最大考验就是被迫离开这里工作。
昨天,
10 月 12 日,
我几乎整天都在想家。
那是我们在山上的家中度过的最后一个安息日,
亨利结婚和我订婚的日期。
我永远无法忘记充满回忆的一天。
我确信你会想到我们。
我希望我今天早上能写信而不是学习中文,
但这几乎不会回答我想我感冒了一段时间这对我的进步没有多大帮助我很高兴玛丽珍有一个很好的[垂直写在第四页] 宜家不能把她当成夫人。
艾玛·波特在最后一封邮件中写道,
埃塔和玛丽·罗宾逊都将于 9 月结婚,
但没有告诉我谁将成为埃塔的丈夫。
邓拉普先生告诉我,
他是克利夫兰某所房子的跑步者,
并且是阿什兰人,
但在目前情况下,
我的思维能力不适合我。
她的邓拉普先生是让 Stocturn 先生在 Van Wert 的会众的手段,
他说前一年有 42 人加入了信仰职业{他提供了学生},
现在我认为他们很难下定决心放弃 140 名教会成员D博士——但他觉得他的电话是给暹罗的。
我很高兴听到对 Emma 的这么好的描述,
Rosewelle 从来没有对 Emma 担心过我知道你会想念 Chloe Brown 非常希望她在加州会觉得愉快。
所以 Ella Whitende 没有结婚不知道,
但这次你会失去她。
有阿曼达斯陪伴他一定很高兴。
和托马斯已经去了婚姻之地。
什么变化是肯定的。
我认为克拉拉小姐的年级已经达到了最高水平,
我很高兴我不必与她竞争。
现在玛丽一定不能像上次那样努力学习[第一页垂直上继续]不评分或不评分,
请她记住传教士姐妹的建议。
纸 [继续颠倒] 满了请给我在伍斯特认识的任何人的爱,
尤其是布雷纳德

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Kerr, Martha Noyes, “Section of Unsigned Letter,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed February 29, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/617.

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