Letter from HV Noyes to Brother Reid, February 10, 1870

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Letter from HV Noyes to Brother Reid, February 10, 1870

Subject

Letter writing; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Missionaries

Description

Henry writes to Brother Reid about beans and Camp Copeland. He wonders what became of all their friends from the war, especially their good friend O.B. Noyes. The Happers, McChesney, Miss Shaw, and some others have just arrived at the mission. He talks about their native assistants and how many they will need helping at the schools. He writes of preaching more regularly this year with the hope of "saving" more native Chinese.

Creator

Noyes, Henry Varnum

Source

The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Box #3

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1870-02-10

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

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PDF

Language

eng (English)

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Text

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noyes_c_cor_707

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Canton Feb 10th 1870
My dear Bro,
Your letter of Nov 1st
reached me in due time &
I am not quite sure whether
I answered it by last months
mail. If I did I am going
to perform a work of super-
erogation and write again
thus placing you doubly in
my debt. I imagine however
you will get one letter not two
for I am not likely to get into
the habit of writing two letters
to one. My danger is that hinted
at in that wise saying
"Procrastination is the thief of time"
If I hav'nt quoted right your
well known, your usual ability,
your never failing memory of proverbs
and sayings & lines &c will

will enable you to make the
proper corrections in the proper
places & save your somewhat
weary friend from the trouble
of any farther investigations.
Since I wrote that last
sentence I have read all
your last letter over & enjoyed
it very much. Your closing
strains speak of beans, baked
beans, beans eaten at Camp
Copeland, beans the memory of
which lingers yet. Well I
remember them too & I remember
that they were too salt, but I
remember how you enjoyed them
& how [--i--]they opened up in your
heart a fountain of kindly feeling
towards "Yankees" in general which
I doubt not is flowing still & may
it ever flow on. I should like

to live over some of those good
old times we had in Camp
Copeland where we smelt the
battle from afar very far, but
they are gone. I wonder what
has become of all the friends
we had there & especially what
ever became of our good friend
O.B. Noyes. I should like to
know his after history. I have
got that half of a counterfeit 50
cent postage currency of which
I sent the other half to you in
my pocket and-, and-,
"Long may it wave."
A great many things have
happened since I wrote to
you last. Dr Prime (Eusebius)
of the New York Observer was here
& Hattie & I had the pleasure
of entertaining him for two

days. "He is a nice man" that
is what we used to say about
people in old Vermillion if memory
serves me right. But he was &
I shall carry a pleasant memory
of the man with me as long as
I live. But he is a great
sufferer & expects to be as long
as he lives. I suppose he is a
long ways off from us now, perhaps
in Egypt. I hope to meet him
sometime on the other side of the
world, meanwhile will keep up
my acquaintance by reading
his letters in the Observer.
About myself I cannot
report anything specially favorable
I keep plodding on, having got
to speaking in this crooked
language in a barbarous sort of
a way, but think I can make
the people understand most of what

I say & hope I shall be able
to think of something more to
say after awhile "Aye there's the rub"
Well I should meet with that
difficulty if I had staid at
home & so must'nt complain.
Well brother Reid we have
had a grand re-inforcement
of our Mission. Dr Happer &
his family, the eldest daughter
coming out under appointment
as a missionary teacher, a Miss
Shaw also, who comes from a
place near Pittsburg, & was in
the Christian Commission service
at Nashville two years. Rev Messrs
A Marcellus, Wm McChesney and
their wives in all 12 souls.
We live where we can see
the river steamers & there was
a waving of white handkerchiefs
the day they came up I tell you

Mr Preston & his family are
going to start home in the
steamer that goes next month.
Mr & Mrs P have been here
about 17 years & I believe have
not been away from Canton
farther than Hong Kong or Macao.
They with the whole family have
enjoyed remarkably good health
but Mrs P seems now to be
rather breaking down & will no
doubt be benefitted by going home
for a year or two they have
6 children. I presume they
will leave 3 of them at home
when they return. It will be
very hard for them to do this,
I am sure as they are very
fond of them.
We have just been
making our Mission arrange-
ments for the present Chinese

year which commenced [--Feb 1st--]
Jan 31st We have now 3 native
assistants in full work & 5 who
are partly studying and partly
preaching. If they all do well
we shall have quite a force
of native helpers. They will preach
during the year in the chapels
in the city. In the city we
shall have two boy's day schools
& two perhaps three girl's, & the
training school which will
perhaps consist of from 6 to 10.
Dr Happer has the training school
& 1 day school & I have the
other. Hattie has one girls' school
& Miss Lucy Happer the other. Then
we have schools in two villages
& in one of the villages a girls
school too, of which Hattie has charge.
She & I go out the largest
village twice a month & I intend

to try to preach with some degree
of regularity this year. It seems
to me that I accomplish but
very little. I hope I may do a
little good. What a joy it would
be to see some of those poor
heathen anxiously inquiring
what they must do to be saved.
This is a valley of bones & they are
dry very dry. Well Reid you
voted against re-union. I
can't agree with you there although
at this distance I can't appreciate
the state of things as well as those
that are near at hand. It looks
to me as though the hand of the
Lord was in it. I can account
for it in no other way & so I join
with our former Professor & commen-
tator in saying [u] Amen [/u]. I have how-
ever great respect for the opinion of
my fourth floor brother notwithstanding.
With much love to Mrs R baby &
yourself in which Hattie joins Yours to
HV Noyes.



广州 1870 年 2 月 10 日
我亲爱的兄弟,
你11月1日的来信
在适当的时候到达我&
我不太确定是否
我上个月回答了
邮件。如果我这样做了,我会去
完成一项超职工作并再次写作
从而使您倍受青睐
我的债务。不过我想
你会收到一封信而不是两封
因为我不太可能进入
写两封信的习惯
到一个。我的危险是暗示
在那明智的说法中
“拖延是时间的贼”
如果我没有正确引用你的
众所周知,你平时的能力,
你对谚语的永不失败的记忆
以及谚语和台词等

将使您能够
适当的更正
地方和节省你的一些
从麻烦中疲惫的朋友
任何进一步的调查。
自从我上次写了
句子我已阅读所有
你的最后一封信结束并享受
它非常。你的关闭
菌株说豆子,烤
豆子,在营地吃的豆子
谷轮,豆子的记忆
仍然存在。那么我
也记得他们,我记得
他们太咸了,但我
记住你有多喜欢它们
以及它们是如何在您的
心是善意的泉水
总体上对“洋基队”
我怀疑不是还在流动
它永远流淌。我应该喜欢

生活在一些美好的事物之上
我们在营地的旧时光
我们闻到的谷轮
远战很远,但是
他们走了。我纳闷
已经成为所有朋友的
我们在那里,尤其是什么
曾经成为我们的好朋友
O.B.是的。我想
知道他后来的历史。我有
得到那一半的假冒 50
其中分邮资货币
我把另一半寄给你
我的口袋和-,和-,
“愿它摇摆不定。”
很多东西都有
自从我写信后发生
你最后。总理博士(尤西比乌斯)
《纽约观察家报》在这里
& Hattie & 我很高兴
招待他两个

天。 “他是个好人”
是我们过去常说的
如果记忆中的旧朱红中的人
为我服务。但他是&
我会带着美好的回忆
只要和我在一起的那个人
我住在。但他是一个伟大的
患者 & 预计会一样长
像他一样生活。我想他是一个
现在离我们很远,也许
在埃及。我希望见到他
有时在另一边
世界,同时将跟上
我通过阅读认识
他在《观察家报》上的来信。
关于我自己 我不能
报告任何特别有利的事情
我继续前进,得到了
在这歪歪扭扭地说话
野蛮的语言
一种方法,但我想我能做到
人们最了解什么

我说并希望我能
想更多的东西
过了一会儿说“是的,有问题”
好吧,我应该与那个见面
如果我坚持
家,所以不能抱怨。
好吧,里德兄弟,我们有
有一个大增援
我们的使命。哈珀医生 &
他的家人,大女儿
在预约下出来
作为一名传教士教师,一位小姐
肖也,他来自一个
匹兹堡附近的地方,在
基督教委员会服务
在纳什维尔两年。先生们
A. 马塞勒斯、威廉·麦克切斯尼和
他们的妻子在所有12个灵魂中。
我们住在看得见的地方
河汽船&有
挥舞着白手帕
他们出现的那天我告诉你

普雷斯顿先生和他的家人是
打算开始回家
下个月去的汽船。
Mr & Mrs P 来过这里
大约 17 年,我相信有
没有离开广州
比香港或澳门更远。
他们和全家人有
身体健康
但 P 夫人现在似乎
宁可崩溃,也不会
怀疑回家会受益
一两年他们有
6个孩子。我想他们
将把其中 3 个留在家里
当他们回来时。这将是
他们很难做到这一点,
我敢肯定,因为他们非常
喜欢他们。
我们刚刚
为现在的中国人安排我们的使命

开始的年份
1 月 31 日 我们现在有 3 个本地人
全职助理 & 5 谁
部分在学习,部分在学习
讲道。如果他们都做得很好
我们会有相当大的力量
的本地助手。他们会传道
在教堂的一年中
在城市。我们在城市
应该有两个男孩日学校
& 两个或者三个女孩的,&
培训学校将
可能由 6 到 10 组成。
哈珀医生有培训学校
& 1 日制学校 & 我有
其他。海蒂有一所女子学校
和另一位露西·哈珀小姐。然后
我们在两个村庄有学校
在其中一个村庄里有一个女孩
学校也是,海蒂负责。
她和我出去最大
村庄每月两次,我打算

尝试在某种程度上讲道
今年有规律。它似乎
对我来说,我完成了,但是
很少。我希望我可以做一个
有点好。会多么开心
去看看那些穷人
异教徒焦急地询问
他们必须做什么才能得救。
这是一个骨头谷&他们是
干很干。好吧,里德你
投票反对重聚。我
虽然不能同意你的看法
在这个距离我无法欣赏
事物的状态以及那些
近在咫尺。它看起来
对我来说就像手
主在其中。 我可以算
没有其他方式,所以我加入了
与我们的前教授和评论员一起说阿门。
然而,我非常尊重
尽管是我的四楼兄弟。
非常爱 R 夫人的宝贝和
海蒂加入你的你自己
高压诺伊斯。

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Noyes, Henry Varnum, “Letter from HV Noyes to Brother Reid, February 10, 1870,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed February 29, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/780.

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