Letter from Varnum to Miss Walker, April 5, 1839

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Letter from Varnum to Miss Walker, April 5, 1839

Subject

Church discipline; Temperance--Societies, etc; Death; Land use; Travel

Description

Varnum writes to Lois Walker about church business. He mentions attending a meeting of the Portage Presbytery with "Dr. F" that discussed the state of religion. The churches in the area are in a state of commotion over the current low state of religion in the area. The winter has been mild and he remarks that time is passing by "after another of our neighbors is dropping into the grave". Recently, Varnum bought fifty acres in the middle of town for four dollars an acre. He wishes Miss Walker a safe and pleasant journey and gives her travel advice.

Creator

Noyes, Reverend Varnum

Source

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

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1839-04-05

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_921

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Guilford Medina Co Ohio Apr 5 1839
Ever Dear Miss Walker
Your last bearing date Fev 9th
was duly received and its contents in the highest
degree gratifying and satisfactory. I should not
have answered it quite so soon had it not been
for the delinquency of your Wadsworth friends.
[?A?] I there yesterday and learned that hey
would not write just yet I thought I would
anticipate them in this respect. They
will however write shortly. Br F and
myself have been to Talmadge this week
to attend the meeting of Portage Presbyt
ery. The meeting was considerably interest
ing though the state of religion within
these boundaries lamentably low, there
having been no revival in any of these
churches the past year. They adopted a
resolution recommending to the churches
under their care to require as a condi-
tion of church membership a pledge
of total abstinence from ardent spirits
except as a medicine or a [?triffie?] in
them. Tis is right ground and should
it be generally adopted by our churches
the cases of church discipline would be
comparatively few. The state of religion
in all this region is lamentably low
and the churches are in much
commotion.

I received the report of the Temperance Society
at just the right time, as I was about pre
paring an address for our people and needed the
facts which it contained. I addressed the Tem
Soc in this place the 26th of Feb. when we
received an accession to our number of
ten, mostly young men. This good cause
is gaining ground in this place.
The winter, which has been remarkably
mild, is now past and gone and the time
of "singing of birds" is come. In a few days
the ground will again be covered with
herbage and the forests with leaves. Time
is rapidly passing away and one after
another of our neighbours is dropping
into the grave. I look forward with pleasing
anticipations to the time when I shall again
see you, but my plans and calculations
are so often thwarted that I hardly dare
to hope for their fulfilment. I have pur-
chased fifty acres of land at the centre
of the town at four dollars per acre, and
have employed a man to clear a few
acres. I was very fortunate in the pur
chase and have no doubt that it would
sell at any rime for considerably more
than I have as it is one of the best
prices of land in the township. There
is as yet no building upon it, and as
I can easily [?finance?] house-room I may
not build the present year.
[Note: the following is written vertically in the margins]
[illegible] I send an order upon the Missionary Society I wish your relations to bear
your [illegible] to this country for which I will satisfy them when I see them.
write soon. I happen to observe the first day of May as a day of fast
ing and prayer for the blessing of God on the [illegible] which may be found [illegible]
and worse you will write with [illegible]

I hope you will set out for this country soon
as convenience will permit. I am glad your
father is coming, think it will be gratify
ing to him to see the country and become
acquainted with some of our good people.
Mrs R is very desirous of seeing you.
I found on my return from Talmadge
Mr Fay's bother and wife from the [?west?]
[--with--] at his house. They calculate to spend
a few days in Wadsworth and then proceed
to New England. Since I engaged in this place
for the present year, I have had earnest
invitations to labour in other places and to
become assistant editor of the Hudson Observer
ad Telegraph. I however shall probably contin
ue here for the present unless something un-
foreseen [?prevents?] you requested my opinion last
year [?related?] to taking a dismission from [illegible]
church in Midway. I should think you had
better [illegible] it a little. There will be no need
of any publishment in Midway, as licences
of marriage from the court and not publish-
ments are the necessary prerequisites of marriage
in this country. And this plan is much better
that that in New England of disturbing public
worship with such noise as was wont to
be made by Capt. M. In regard to the way of
coming I would just say that if you consult
economy a line boat on the canal will be
found the cheapest and the packet the most
expeditions, the expense try one [illegible] about
one half as much as the other. Line boats
proceed 50, or 60 miles per day, packets 80 or 90.
[u]Take care of your head while passing under
bridges[/u]. did I know what time you would be
at Cleveland I would meet you there, but as
I cannot tell and it may be near the Sabbath
which is busy time with me I think perhaps
[Note: the following is written vertically in the left margin]
Back in his letter to Mrs F expressed a strong desire to see the [u]not[/u] [illegible] which privilege
hope he will be [illegible] yours in affection and [illegible] Varnum Noyes

you had better take a boat up the Ohio canal
form Cleveland to New Portage which is only
seven miles from Wadsworth somewhat
nearer to Wadsworth than you would see
at this place. Lay in a good stock of patience
or it will be exhausted before you get half
way to this country. Hope you will have a
safe and pleasant journey
[Note: the following is the address]
25 Mill Lois Walker
Medway Mass
guilford Ohio April 2



1839 年 4 月 5 日,俄亥俄州吉尔福德梅迪纳公司
永远亲爱的沃克小姐
您的最后生育日期 2 月 9 日
被正式收到,其内容在最高
程度令人满意。我不应该
这么快就回答了,如果不是
为了你沃兹沃思朋友的犯罪行为。
我昨天在那里,了解到嘿
还不会写 我以为我会
在这方面期待他们。他们
但是很快就会写出来。 F弟兄和
我这周去过 Talmadge
参加 Portage 长老会的会议。会议颇受关注
尽管内部的宗教状况
这些界限可悲地低,有
这些都没有复兴
过去一年的教堂。他们采用了一个
建议教会的决议
在他们的照顾下,要求作为教会成员的条件
完全戒除炽热的精神
除了作为药物或小事
他们。这是正确的理由,应该
它被我们的教会普遍采用
教会纪律的例子是
比较少。宗教状况
在所有这个地区都是可悲的低
教会在很多地方
骚动。

我收到了禁酒协会的报告
在正确的时间,因为我正在为我们的员工准备地址并且需要
它所包含的事实。我向圣殿讲道
2 月 26 日这个地方的社会,当我们
收到加入我们的数量
十个,大部分是年轻人。这个好理由
正在这个地方取得进展。
那个冬天,格外显眼
温和的,现在已经过去了,时间已经过去了
《鸟语花香》来了。在几天内
地面将再次被覆盖
草本植物和有叶子的森林。时间
正在迅速逝去,一个之后
我们的另一个邻居正在下降
进入坟墓。我高兴地期待
期待我再一次的时候
见你,但我的计划和计算
经常受挫,我几乎不敢
希望他们的实现。我在中心购买了五十英亩的土地
该镇以每英亩四美元的价格出售,以及
雇了一个人来清理一些
英亩。我很幸运地购买了,毫无疑问它会
随时以更高的价格出售
比我拥有的,因为它是最好的之一
乡镇土地价格。那里
还没有建立在它之上,并且作为
我可以很容易地资助我可能的房间
不建今年。
[注:以下内容垂直书写在页边空白处]
[无法辨认] 我向传教士协会发出命令,我希望你的亲属承担
你[无法辨认]这个国家,当我看到他们时,我会满足他们。
尽快回信。我碰巧将五月的第一天视为斋戒日
ing 和祈祷上帝保佑 [无法辨认] 可能会发现 [无法辨认]
更糟糕的是你会用 [无法辨认]

希望你早日启程前往这个国家
方便的话。我很高兴你的
爸爸来了,觉得会很欣慰
让他看到这个国家并成为
认识我们的一些好人。
R 夫人很想见你。
我从 Talmadge 回来时发现
费先生的麻烦和来自西方的妻子
在他家。他们计算花费
在沃兹沃思待几天然后继续
到新英格兰。自从我从事这个地方
今年以来,我认真
邀请到其他地方劳动和
成为 Hudson Observer 的助理编辑
广告电报。然而,除非有不可预见的事情阻止,否则我可能会暂时继续在这里。你上次征求我的意见
与 [无法辨认] 进行讨论相关的年份
中途岛的教堂。我应该认为你有
更好[难以辨认]它一点点。将没有必要
中途岛的任何出版物,作为许可证
婚姻的必要条件来自法庭而不是出版物
在这个国家。而且这个计划要好得多
那个在新英格兰令人不安的公众
用惯常的噪音敬拜
由上尉 M. 关于
来了,我只想说,如果你咨询
运河上的一条线船将是经济的
找到最便宜的包
远征,费用尝试一个[难以辨认]
一半是另一个。划线船
每天行驶 50 或 60 英里,包 80 或 90 个。
[u]路过时要注意头部
桥梁[/u]。我知道你几点钟吗
在克利夫兰我会在那里见到你,但作为
我不知道,它可能在安息日附近
我想这对我来说很忙
[注:以下内容在左边距垂直书写]
早在他给F夫人的信中就表达了强烈希望看到不[难以辨认]的特权
希望他 [无法辨认] 你的感情和 [无法辨认] Varnum Noyes

你最好乘船沿俄亥俄运河而上
从 Cleveland 到 New Portage
距沃兹沃思 7 英里
比你想象的更靠近沃兹沃思
在这个地方。保持良好的耐心
否则在你得到一半之前它就会耗尽
通向这个国家。 希望你会有一个
安全愉快的旅程
【注:以下为地址】
25 米尔·洛伊丝·沃克
梅德韦弥撒
吉尔福德俄亥俄州 4 月 2 日

Citation

Noyes, Reverend Varnum, “Letter from Varnum to Miss Walker, April 5, 1839,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed June 25, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/995.

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