Letter from Josiah to Sisters, June 10, 1825

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Letter from Josiah to Sisters, June 10, 1825

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Letters; Postal service; Friendship; Physicians; Travel; Family

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Josiah writes to his sisters, Z, V, and N on how he has not gotten their letter yet but that he did receive Varnum's. He mentions the act of leaving home and his family. The people of Needham threw Josiah a welcome reception. He remarks on how he cannot suggest the thought of leaving. His employment is very lucrative currently but he has still accepted the invitation to stay and he will be living with a wealthy neighbor of his. He describes past places he has stayed with aversion.

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Noyes, Josiah

Source

Loose, The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection

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Unpublished

Date

1825-06-10

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Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

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eng (English)

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noyes_c_cor_898

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Needham Mass. June 10th 1825
[Note: In blue pen] 11 MA from Boston
Dear Sisters,
[u]Your letter[/u], it appears, has not reached me yet; tho'
brothers V's was received wednesday the 8th, and I can as-
sure you was perused with great pleasure and interest.
For it I than k him sincerely, and shall you, when [u]yours[/u]
arrives. I had made frequent applications for one at the
nearest post-office (at Newton) and began to think I
had not been particular enough in-directing where
to have them left; I would now request. that you di-
rect them to [?he?] left at Newton post-office
Painful indeed is the separation of friends- I found it so,
I must confess that I never experienced the verity of this
remark as when I left my fathers house never more
to enjoy the comforts and consolations, or participate in the
joy and happiness of domestic prosperity; but called to
leave the [u]paternal roof[/u] with its beloved tenants and
to launch out into the wide ocean of the world, not
knowing the place of my destination, but as it were, at
random- to leave the bosom of parents, brothers, sisters, rel-
atives and friends, [illegible] their embraces, once, while viola-
ting humanity thus, receiving their parting benedictions
and good wishes so tenderly, and, as I have reason to believe,
cordially bestowed by benevolent hearts- to turn my back
on all these, now, so endeared to me, and go into a strange
land, not knowing, like Paul, "what is to befall me," there
to mingle in other society, form a new circle of acquaint-
ance among people of whose customs and habits I am
ignorant, and, among the distressed to seek out a sustenance
in a time of perhaps unusual health and prosperity.
Reflections like these, were there not, a consciousness of duty,
must be insupportable. But a consciousness of duty will
afford support under the severest trials, and render the heav-
iest crosses light - such a support I needed and was not
entirely destitute of.- When, often starting, I have reached the
top of capt. Thayer's hill almost breathless form excessive heat and
fatigued by walking, (beyond which I could not see home)
I mounted my horse, turned to catch the [u]last glance of home[/u]
and composed a set ^of verses of which the following were among
the first-------
1. To thee Dear Home, a long farewell
May happiness be thine
Where I no longer claim to dwell
But seek a [u]home[/u] of mine.
2. Dear Parents, may you long farewell,
[?Hear?] us richest blessings share
While 'tis your lot below to dwell
While you for heaven prepare.
3. &c c c c -------

I mentioned in my last the kind and welcome recep-
tion I met with from the people of Needham, and had
I descanted largely on their friEndship and kindness
I should not have recalled any thing in this letter.
Indeed their kindness and friendship far exceed any thing
that I could have anticipated; as I have frequent occasion
of witnessing. It would hardly do to suggest a thought of
leaving, although it is called an unusually healthy time,
as they would not assent. Though I am somewhat lone-
some and have not much to do, they endeavour to
comfort and cheer me, not only with the encouraging pros-
pect of my having their practice, but lessen my expense
by almost supporting me with their beneficence.
They seem very pitiful towards me as the following
will show- at a late meeting of the committee for divi-
ding the town, consisting of the principal men, after a
committee was chosen for laying out a road which is
to carry the travel from Hartford tho' Needham, they con-
ferred among themselves respecting my situation at a time
of so general health, and concluded, as I was an expense
and had little to do, the prospect must be somewhat dis-
couraging, so they agreed to give me an invitation to
go to their respective houses to board a week, or, as they ex-
pressed it, "as long as I chose ^with my horse if I chose, desiring me not to be discour-
aged but wait as there would probably, before a long
time be more for me to do, They say I may keep the
[?stable?] her than among you. My employment is not
very lucrative at present, and were it not for the fu-
ture prospect, or were the people indifferent or, what
is worse, [u][?inimiced?][/u] towards me, I might not think
the place afforded sufficient inducements for me to stay.
I have accepted their invitation to board about amongst
them at the [illegible] places, and, accordingly am now
living on the generosity of ^a wealthy and very kind neigh-
bour of mine, a man of influence, the one who accommo-
dated me when thro' mistake I was obliged to stay over
night at this parish when I was down before. Situated
as I now am within 11 miles of Boston, it is no great journey
to visit this metropolis, but such an one as is early and
frequently performed. On the 17th of this month I ex-
pect to be present at placing the corner stone of the mon-
ument at , see the general Lafayette, president +c
if nothing occurs to prevent. You must see my situation
is of a peculiar kind; I do not seem to have time at

my disposal, but liable to be called away to the distres-
sed at any time, and thus thwa^rted in my plans, projects
or designs. When the labours of the day one o'er and the
worthy peasant, void of care, reclines himself upon his bed
resigning to forgetfulness and enjoys calm, silent, and refres-
hing repose, with his mind unperplexed by the great var-
iety of objects that occupy the mind and distrust the
slumbers of the literate or men of letters and particularly
the physician,- I recline my weary head upon my pillow
but know that I shall sleep an hour e'er up I must
get and away to the abode of misery, unknown where.
Would you form a correct idea of my situation, imagine
me situated in the E. parish of N. occupying a pleasant
chamber in the S.W. corner of the tavern ^which is pleasantly sit-
uated on a small eminence commanding an extensive
prospect around, kept by Mr. Mills and his sister, both unmar0
ried - my room furnished with a bed, table, chairs &c, all which
are convenient, with two closets, one for my cloths, the upper
with shelves on which are to be [illegible] considerable assort-
ment of medicines, and these in bottles, phials, large tin box
es, papers, pill boxes +c. with some instruments; a shelf
the fire-place to uphold a row of books, tho' not a great
sometimes pill boxes, books, papers, news-papers, tooth-
instruments +c with post bags under it, all ready, as you
perceive to despatch business, or at hand in case of emergency --
farther, imagine me receiving benefits from my good hearted
generous abetters, frequently receiving invitations to visit
the [u]well[/u], with occasionally a call to visit the [u]sick[/u], run-
ning about and making frequent visits, riding about,
occasionally visiting at my Uncle's, with my pockets sometimes
so heavy as to be rather uncomfortable. When alone my books af-
ford me company, and when lonesome a tune, occasionally, out
of the good old Bridgewater Collection [?serves?] to beguile tedious [?time?].
While the tree-toad, quail, robbin and a variety "feathered warblers"
gladden the day with their diversified notes often not undelightfully
chiming together, the evening is no less destitute of its peculiar min-
strels, for the whippoorwill and frog, raise their notes as if emu-
late the songsters of the day by which alone the serenity of the eve-
ning is interrupted; and the fire-bug emits his streams of golden
light as if to prevent the reign of darkness, and simulate, with its
ray, the glorious emanations of Sol, when he has shrouded his lu-
cid face in impenetrable shades of night. Thus you see somewhat how
I am situated. If on account of my [u]celibacy[/u], I am debarred from any practice
that I otherwise might have, as has been intimated by some, the [u]fault[/u]
if [u]theirs[/u], it belongs to [u]them[/u] to [u]mend[/u] - if [u]mine[/u], the case, perhaps, is not yet hopeless
or irremediable did circumstances admit. Tuesday I was over to Boston and
saw [u]Messrs[/u] Lane and Frost who were well and said S. Stone of that [?place?]
was likewise. Wednesday the Education Society met at at the other parish-
I went over-dined at Uncles with about 15 ministers who were present. Uncle
and family are well and wished me send their love which you will please to
receive and dispense with mine to father and mother, sister, brothers and inquiring
friends at your discretion. Your affectionate brother J. Noyes J.
Z. V. N. Noyes
[Note: Written sideways in the margin]
I find I have filled my sheet before I was hardly aware, and, as it were; but in the introduc-
tion of what I have to say Cousin Sarah thinks of attending the Saugus Academy soon. I shall perhaps
see you when I go up at commencement- for the present I must bid you adieu requesting you to write soon.

Needham June 10, 1825
Dr Josiah Noyes

Miss Zoa Noyes
Westmoreland
N.H.



Needham Mass. 1825 年 6 月 10 日
[注:蓝笔] 3 月 11 日波士顿出发
亲爱的姐妹们,
看来你的信还没有寄到我手里;寿'
V 兄弟的书是 8 号星期三收到的,我可以向您保证,您已经非常高兴和感兴趣地阅读了。
为此,我真诚地感谢他,如果你是你的
到达。我经常在
最近的邮局(在牛顿)并开始认为我
没有足够特别的间接指导哪里
让他们离开;我现在要求。你把他们带到他离开牛顿邮局的地方
朋友的分离确实很痛苦-我发现是这样,
我必须承认我从未体验过这件事的真实性
就像当我离开我父亲的房子时一样
享受舒适和安慰,或参与
家庭繁荣的喜悦和幸福;但打电话给
与心爱的房客一起离开父爱的屋顶,
发射到世界的广阔海洋中,而不是
知道我的目的地,但事实上,在
随意-离开父母,兄弟,姐妹,亲戚和朋友的怀抱,[无法辨认]他们的拥抱,一次,而中提琴-
因此,接受了他们的离别祝福
和如此温柔的祝福,而且,我有理由相信,
仁慈之心——转身
所有这些,现在,我如此喜爱,进入一个陌生的
土地,不知道,像保罗一样,“我会遭遇什么”
融入其他社会,在我属于他们的风俗习惯的人中结识新的圈子
无知,并且,在苦恼中寻求寄托
在一个可能异常健康和繁荣的时代。
像这样的思考,如果没有责任意识,
一定是无法承受的。但是责任意识会
在最严峻的考验下提供支持,让最重的十字架变轻——我需要这种支持,但我不需要
完全没有。- 当我经常开始时,我已经达到了
上尉的顶部。塞耶山几乎喘不过气来形成过热和
走累了,(在那之后我看不到家)
我骑上马,转身看家的最后一瞥
并创作了一组诗句,其中包括以下内容
首先 - - - -
1. 亲爱的家,久别重逢
愿幸福属于你
我不再声称居住的地方
但寻找我的家。
2. 亲爱的父母,愿你们久别重逢,
听我们分享最丰富的祝福
虽然下面是你的命运
当你为天堂做准备时。
3. &c c c c -------

我在上一篇文章中提到了我从尼达姆人那里得到的友好和欢迎的招待会,并且有
我对他们的友谊和善意感到厌烦
我不应该回忆这封信中的任何事情。
的确,他们的善良和友谊远胜于任何事物
我本来可以预料到的;因为我经常遇到
的见证。很难提出一个想法
离开,虽然这被称为异常健康的时期,
因为他们不会同意。虽然我有些寂寞,也没什么可做的,但他们努力
安慰和鼓励我,不仅因为我有他们的做法令人鼓舞的前景,而且减少了我的费用
他们的善举几乎支持我。
他们似乎对我很可怜,如下所示
将在由主要人员组成的城市划分委员会的后期会议上展示,
委员会被选为铺设一条道路
带着从哈特福德到李约瑟的旅行,他们互相商议,每次都尊重我的处境
如此一般的健康,并得出结论,因为我是一笔开支
也没什么可做的,前景一定有些令人沮丧,所以他们同意给我一个邀请
去他们各自的房子寄宿一个星期,或者用他们的话说,“只要我选择了我的马,如果我选择,希望我不要灰心,但可能会等待,不久之后
有更多的时间让我去做,他们说我可以保留
她比你们更稳定。我的工作不是
目前非常有利可图,如果不是为了未来的前景,或者是人们漠不关心,或者,什么
更糟糕的是,倾向于我,我可能不会认为
这个地方提供了足够的诱因让我留下来。
我已接受他们的邀请登机
他们在[难以辨认的]地方,因此现在是
靠我的一个富有且非常友善的邻居的慷慨生活,一个有影响力的人,当我因错误而不得不留下来时,他包容了我
我之前在这个教区的晚上。位于
因为我现在离波士顿不到 11 英里,所以这不是一个伟大的旅程
去参观这个大都市,但这样一个早和
经常执行。本月 17 日,我预计将出席将纪念碑的角石放置在 ,会见拉斐特将军、总统和
如果没有发生阻止。你必须看到我的情况
是一种奇特的;我似乎没有时间

我的处置,但随时可能被叫到心疼的人那里我,因此在我的计划,项目中受挫
或设计。当一天的劳动结束时
可敬的农夫,不顾一切,靠在床上
屈服于健忘,享受平静、宁静和清新的安宁,他的心不为占据心智的各种事物所困扰,不信任
文人或文人的沉睡,特别是
医生——我把疲倦的头靠在枕头上
但要知道我要睡一个小时,我必须
逃到痛苦的居所,不知道在哪里。
你会对我的情况形成一个正确的想法,想象一下
我位于 N. 的 E. 教区,拥有令人愉快的
S.W.的房间小酒馆的一角,坐落在一个小高处,享有广阔的
由未婚的米尔斯先生和他的妹妹保管——我的房间配有一张床、桌子、椅子等,所有这些
很方便,有两个衣柜,一个放我的衣服,鞋面
架子上 [无法辨认] 相当多的药品,这些药品装在瓶子、小药瓶、大锡盒里
es,文件,药盒等。用一些乐器;一个架子
支撑一排书的壁炉,虽然不是很好
有时是药盒、书籍、报纸、报纸、牙齿——
仪器andc下面有邮袋,一切准备就绪,就像你一样
察觉到派送业务,或在紧急情况下手边——
更进一步,想象我从我的好心人那里得到好处
慷慨的教唆,经常收到访问邀请
井,偶尔会打电话探望病人,跑来跑去,经常来访,骑马,
偶尔拜访我叔叔家,有时带着我的口袋
太重了,让人很不舒服。一个人的时候,我的书陪伴着我,寂寞的时候,偶尔来一首曲子
古老的布里奇沃特收藏可以用来消磨乏味的时间。
而树蟾、鹌鹑、知更鸟和各种“羽莺”
用他们多样化的音符来愉快地度过每一天
齐声鸣响,夜晚也同样缺乏其独特的吟游诗人,因为whippoorwill和青蛙,提高他们的音符,好像emu-
白天的歌唱家迟到了,晚上的宁静被打断了;萤火虫散发出金色的光芒
光仿佛是为了阻止黑暗的统治,并用它来模拟
光芒,索尔的光辉散发,当他用无法穿透的夜色笼罩着他清醒的脸庞时。这样你就多少明白了
我位于。如果由于我的独身身份,我被禁止从事任何活动
否则我可能会像某些人所暗示的那样犯错
如果是他们的,那就应该由他们来修补——如果是我的,这个案子也许还不是没有希望的
或不可挽回的情况承认。星期二我去了波士顿
看到Messrs Lane和Frost都很好,说那个地方的S. Stone
也是。星期三,教育协会在另一个教区开会,我和大约 15 位在场的牧师在 Uncles 吃得太多了。叔叔
和家人都很好,希望我把他们的爱送给你
对父母、姐妹、兄弟和询问的接受和分发我的
朋友随意。你深情的兄弟 J. Noyes J.
Z. V. N. 诺伊斯
[注:侧写在空白处]
我发现在我几乎没有意识到之前,我已经填满了我的床单,而且,事实上;但在我不得不说的介绍中,表姐莎拉认为很快就可以进入索格斯学院。我也许会
毕业典礼上去见你——现在我必须和你告别,要求你尽快写信。

李约瑟 1825 年 6 月 10 日
约西亚诺伊斯博士

佐亚·诺伊斯小姐
威斯特摩兰
新罕布什尔州

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Noyes, Josiah, “Letter from Josiah to Sisters, June 10, 1825,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed April 18, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/975.

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