Letter from Henry to Em, May 4, 1884

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Title

Letter from Henry to Em, May 4, 1884

Subject

Birthdays; Preaching; Military occupation; Diplomatic negotiations in international disputes; Marriage; Boating accidents

Description

Henry writes to Emily before her thirty-eighth birthday and as he is preparing to preach to the Chinese. The French have occupied much of Tonquin and demand reparations after the Chinese resisted them. Negotiations continue in Peking. Henry relays information about various individuals, including the Happers and the Kerrs. Presidential Elections commence in America. Henry is pleased with Arthur's efforts to support foreign activity in China and hopes missionaries will soon reach Madagascar.

Creator

Noyes, Henry Varnum

Source

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

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1884-05-04

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_801

Coverage

Sino-French War, 1884-1885
1884 United States Presidential Election

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Canton May 4th 1884
Dear Em
Your birth day
comes to day on Sunday
and I must take a few
minutes this morning to send
my best wishes. You are 38 and
I am 48 years old. The years are
slipping by with wonderful rapidity and
bring their changes with them. I
hope you have had a pleasant
time in your school this winter.
I am this morning getting ready
to preach to the Chinese from the
same text that I preach in
English last Sabbath, Neh 2:17
"Come let us build up the wall
of Jerusalem that we be no
more a reproach."
Things here are all quiet
now. The French have taken all
the places they expect to in Tonquin
and if they would be contented with
that there would be no more trouble

But I see by the papers that
they have authorized their minister
now of his way to China to
demand $32 000 000 indemnity
to pay the expenses of the war
on the ground that the Chinese
Government sent troops into Tonquin
to resist the French there.
What will happen when there
negotiations are opened at Peking
we do not know, but probably some
arrangement will be arrived at.
Mary Happer was married
last Thursday to Mr FW Damon
who expects to [--tent--] work as a
missionary to the Chinese in
the Sandwich Islands. He has
already been in the work for two
years. He is not a minister
now, but I presume will be
licensed soon. He is a very
well educated man and
very pleasant and accomplished
every way
5th I wrote to this point yesterday
and will finish out to-day-
The Kerr's left this morning. I

think they went away feeling some
as though the might not come back
although they hope to do so if they are
able. I hope they will find [u]American
Air[/u] a good medicine. The Dr looks
quite changed since he came out
fivE years ago is much thinner
They had quite an accident last
Wednesday- The prayer meeting was
at our house and we had asked
them [--out--] up to tea. Just as they
got to the landing they found a
large boat in the way. They
got out of their own boat to
that and in trying to step on
another boat Mrs Kerr tipped it
over and both she and Olivia
went into the water .It was over
head and a swift tide running -
Dr Kerr got hold of a stake with
one arm and made out to get
his other arm around Mrs Kerr's
neck and keep her from drifting
away and some Chinamen passing
helped to get them out-- Olivia says
she hardly know how she did get
out. They came in all dripping and

we got dry clothes for them. Our
warm wEather is just commencing
presume we shall have plenty of
it soon-- Dr Thomson will take
charge of the hospital and move into
Dr Kerr's house- I expect by the time
this gets home you will be in the
midst of Election excitement at home.
I think the meeting or rather convention
for nominating a President meets in
June. I hope they will select a
good one. Arthur has done much
better than I feared he would when
he began. I see by the Foreign Missionary
that the work among the Chinese in
the United States is attraction more
attention, as so many of them are
getting into the Eastern cities. It is
wonderful how they are circulating
into all parts of the world. I saw the other
day that there was talk of their being
introduced into Madagascar. "The
Chinaman" [illegible] to make considerable
stir in the world.
Well I must close. I hope you are
all well- It would look stang to me
to see Edward so lame but I am glad his
limb is getting stronger. I suppose about
this time he is busy getting in the spring crops
good bye with much love form us all
Your Aff Bro
- Henry -



广州 1884 年 5 月 4 日
亲爱的
你的生日
到了星期天
我必须拿几个
今天早上发送的分钟数
我最好的祝福。你是 38 和
我今年 48 岁。这些年是
以惊人的速度滑过,
带来他们的变化。我
希望你过得愉快
今年冬天在你学校的时间。
我今天早上准备
向中国人传道
我宣讲的相同文本
英语最后一个安息日尼 2:17
“来吧,让我们筑起围墙
耶路撒冷,我们不是
更多的责备。”
这里的一切都很安静
现在。法国人拿走了所有
他们期望在东京的地方
如果他们会满足于
不会再有麻烦了

但我从报纸上看到
他们已经授权他们的部长
现在他去中国的路上
要求赔偿 32 000 000 美元
支付战争费用
理由是中国人
政府派兵进入东京
抵抗那里的法国人。
在那里会发生什么
北京开始谈判
我们不知道,但可能有些
安排会到达。
玛丽哈珀结婚了
上周四致 FW Damon 先生
谁希望作为
到中国传教
桑威奇群岛。他有
已经工作了两个
年。他不是部长
现在,但我想会是
很快获得许可。他是一个非常
受过良好教育的人和
非常愉快和有成就
任何方式
5th 我昨天写到这里
并将在今天完成-
克尔家今天早上离开了。我

认为他们离开时感觉有些
好像可能不会回来
尽管他们希望这样做
有能力的。我希望他们能找到美国人
空气良药。医生看起来
出道后发生了翻天覆地的变化
五年前瘦了很多
他们上一次发生了相当大的意外
星期三-祷告会是
在我们家,我们问过
他们起来喝茶。就像他们一样
到了着陆,他们发现了一个
大船挡路。他们
从他们自己的船上下来
那并试图踩上去
另一艘船克尔夫人倾倒了它
结束了,她和奥利维亚
进入水中。结束了
头和急流奔涌——
克尔医生与
一只手臂,做出来
他的另一只手搂着克尔太太的
脖子不让她飘
离开了,一些中国人路过
帮助把他们弄出来——奥利维亚说
她几乎不知道她是怎么得到的
出去。他们进来了所有滴水和

我们为他们准备了干衣服。我们的
温暖的天气才刚刚开始
假设我们会有很多
很快——汤姆森医生会带走的
负责医院并搬入
克尔博士的房子——我预计到时候
这回家了,你会在
在家里的选举兴奋中。
我认为会议或公约
提名总统在
六月。我希望他们会选择一个
好一个。亚瑟做了很多
比我担心的要好
他开始。我看到外国传教士
中国人之间的工作
美国更有吸引力
注意,因为其中有很多
进入东部城市。这是
奇妙的是它们是如何传播的
进入世界各地。我看到了另一个
谈论他们存在的那一天
引入马达加斯加。 “这
中国人" [无法辨认] 使相当
搅动世界。
好吧,我必须关闭。我希望你是
一切都好-对我来说看起来很奇怪
看到爱德华这么跛脚,但我很高兴他的
肢体越来越强壮。我想大约
这次他忙着收春庄稼
再见,我们都充满爱
你的兄弟
- 亨利 -

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Noyes, Henry Varnum, “Letter from Henry to Em, May 4, 1884,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed May 25, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/876.

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