Letter from Henry to Clara, January 31, 1888

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Title

Letter from Henry to Clara, January 31, 1888

Subject

Nye, Gideon, 1812-1888; Disease; Death; Christmas; Grandparents; Children of missionaries

Description

Henry writes to his sister Clara about his family's Christmas and his upcoming trip home. His father would like him to leave sooner than he assumes he will be able to. A rich man named Mr. Nye, who had been in Canton for 54 years, died. Henry and Dr. Kerr wrote up his will and tried to make him comfortable.

Creator

Noyes, Henry Varnum

Source

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

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1888-01-31

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

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PDF

Language

eng (English)

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Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_861

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Canton Jan 31st 1888
Dear Clara
I left your package
of home letters with Mattie
and so have not them before
me to answer. Your last was
written Dec 24th just before
Christmas. You will know
before this that Dr Kerr & Mattie
and I had our Christmas in
Macao and had a pleasant
time. Father wrote that he
would be glad if I could be
at home for March 24th. I
would like it very much but
would have to start in about
ten days from now to do it and
I could not possibly get ready.
I sometimes wonder whether
I ought to stay to complete the
work I am trying to. I have had
so many interruptions. That was
such a nice bible that Father sent
me as from him and Mother
I shall prize it so much as
long as I live. I hope to be home

by the end of April or very soon
after - do not know that I can
make a very long visit on the
way through but will hope to
come back again after awhile
for a longer visit. I had
a letter from Willie yesterday. He
said he was going to send
"Grandpa" a pug-nosed dog. I
have written back to him that
I am sure "Grandpa" will be
very much pleased with it
Richard Varnum was about
getting into a new class at
school I believe and to have
a new book about which he
was getting up considerable
ambition. They were both re-
joicing in the snow and
sliding down hill. Bella wrote
that they were to have new
sleds at Christmas -that Mr
Kelly was going to give them some.
I wrote to Father that we had
completed the purchase of a new
lot. Hattie will know where it is
if I tell you it is in Fa-ti - just
at the mouth of the creek there is

a landing and a stone walk -
A two minutes (or less) walk
from this landing takes us to
the lot. It is a fine large
place- cost with all the inci-
dental expenses of purchase more
than $3000- but money well
spend I think. The lot has two
large ponds in it. We will
likely fill up one of them at
least. I presume Mattie will
write you about the death of
Mr Nye. He had been here
so long that it almost seemed
as though he was a part of
Canton. Fifty four years he
had lived here with the exception
of one visit home. I think
it must have sometimes seemed
rather lonely for him, all the
acquaintances of his early years
were gone long ago and he lived
alone with no relatives nearer
I suppose than the other side of
the world. [?Good?] Dr Kerr when he

found out that he was seriously
ill went over and visited
on taking him to his house
where he cared for him with
every attention till he died. He
did not seem to care to see
people. He asked me to
help in connection with Dr Kerr
about making his will. It
seemed sad that he had been
so wealthy and had lost all
he had of this world. I wish
we could feel certain that
he had treasure laid up in
heaven. He knew he was going
to die and made all ar-
rangements in regard to it.
Dr Kerr had some talk with
him a Sunday before he died. He
asked him how he felt at peace of
with all men and loved God
I am afraid he was depending on
the thought that he had tried to
be just and kind in his treatments of
men and that this was all that
was needed. But is is in the
hands of a very merciful Father who
will certainly do what is right.
Good bye for this time
You Aff [u]Bro[/u] Henry.



广州 1888 年 1 月 31 日
亲爱的克拉拉
我留下了你的包裹
与马蒂的家书
所以他们以前没有
我来回答。你的最后一个是
写于 12 月 24 日之前
圣诞节。你会知道
在此之前,Kerr 和 Mattie 博士
我度过了我们的圣诞节
澳门过得愉快
时间。父亲写道,他
如果我可以的话会很高兴
3月24日在家。我
非常喜欢但是
将不得不开始
从现在开始十天
我不可能做好准备。
我有时想知道是否
我应该留下来完成
我正在努力的工作。我已经有了
这么多的中断。那是
父亲寄来的这么好的圣经
我来自他和母亲
我会非常珍惜它
只要我活着。我希望回家

4月底或很快
之后——不知道我能不能
做一个很长的访问
通过但希望
过一段时间再回来
进行更长时间的访问。我有
昨天威利的一封信。他
说他要送
“爷爷”是一只哈巴狗。我
给他回信说
我相信“爷爷”会
非常满意
理查德·瓦纳姆大约
进入新班级
我相信并拥有的学校
一本他写的新书
起床相当大
志向。他们都在雪地里欢欣鼓舞
滑下山坡。贝拉写道
他们将有新的
圣诞节的雪橇——那位先生
凯利打算给他们一些。
我写信给父亲说我们有
完成了新的购买
很多。海蒂会知道它在哪里
如果我告诉你它是在法蒂 - 只是
在小溪口有

登陆和石步道——
步行两分钟(或更少)
从这次着陆带我们到
很多。这是一个很好的大
地方成本与购买的所有附带费用更多
超过 3000 美元,但钱还不错
花我想。该地段有两个
里面的大池塘。我们将
可能会填满其中一个
至少。我想马蒂会的
写给你关于
奈先生。他来过这里
长到几乎看起来
好像他是其中的一部分
广州。他五十四年
曾住过这里,例外
一次回家。我认为
有时似乎
对他来说相当孤独,所有的
他早年的熟人
很久以前就走了,他还活着
独自一人,身边没有亲人
我想比另一边
世界。好医生科尔当他

发现他是认真的
生病过去拜访
带他去他家
他在哪里照顾他
直到他死去。他
似乎并不在意
人们。他让我
与克尔医生有关的帮助
关于制定他的遗嘱。它
他似乎很难过
如此富有,失去了一切
他曾属于这个世界。我希望
我们可以确定
他有宝藏在
天堂。他知道他要去
死,并为此作出一切安排。
克尔博士与
他死前的一个星期天。他
问他如何感到平静
与所有人并爱上帝
我怕他依赖
他曾尝试过的想法
公正和善待他的治疗
男人,这就是全部
需要。但是是在
一位非常仁慈的父亲的手
一定会做正确的事。
这次再见
你亨利弟兄。

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Noyes, Henry Varnum, “Letter from Henry to Clara, January 31, 1888,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed February 29, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/934.

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