Letter:FAWCETT, Lucy F. to Henrietta Fawcett - 1884-06-13
|From||FAWCETT, Lucy Fenner (1843 - 1895)|
|To||FAWCETT, Henrietta (1817 - 1909)|
|Date:||13 Jun 1884|
|Collection||Minna Gauss Reeves collection|
Mrs. Eugene Gauss,
June 13, 1884,
My dear Aunt Net,
I was very glad to get your letter, and Mother's. But they made me long to see you all, more than I can tell.
Tell uncle Eugene his being able to see the right of my course in not going into the meeting-house, at the time of my cousin's funeral, does me real good! --
I've written a long letter to mother, which I'll enclose. It is for you as well as her. -- So please read and then forward to her, if she is not with you.
I'm very very tired to night, and have to rise early to morrow, and make out bread and then get breakfast, so if you were here I know you'd send me to bed at once.
I am very sorry to hear your account of the lumber business with you.--
When you write next, please put in a list of all your children and grandchildren.
With lots of love for you all, I am your loving niece.
Lucy F. Fawcett
June 13, 1884,
My dear Mother
Your letter and Aunt Net's were duly received and would have been answered at once, but that I had no money to buy Stamps with and I've not borrowed a cent from any one for about four and a half years, and did not want to commence it, -- knowing I would have some due to day. -- Now from my saying this, dont any of you imagine I'm in want and send me a present of any kind, -- because I cant receive it, -- but would only give it away if it came.-- That is another thing I haven't done.-- received any presents of value, from any relative nearer than second cousin for three years and a half (except the legacy, the greater part of which was returned you know).-- It would be a long story to tell you all the "whys" but I can give you an outline,-- then you wont think strange of my conduct, as some of my near friends have, before they understood how things were.--
It commenced in this way, about 3½ years ago I felt called to a "walk of faith" as I call it -- to last three two years and rather more, during which time I was to engage in no kinds of business, but be ready to obey the Father's call.-- I realized much of the time was to be spent in this neighborhood among my Unitarian Friends &c.-- So I entered, taking all risks, knowing in whom I trusted.-- but knowing also that but few of my friends or relatives would approve of it. They would think it fanatical, and perhaps, think unless I had great help from them that "my whims" would not support me well.-- So I have repeatedly returned, or declined handsome presents of money, clothes &c.-- But during all that time I never had a want unsupplied by Jesus,--through people who were in no way bound to help me, and who had not the least idea what I was doing.-- I've often not known a day at a time where I'd lay my head nor how my various needs were going to be supplied but like as the widow's "barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord," I Kings 17:16. So was it with me,-- during all that time, the dear Lord never allowed me to be dependent upon any one but Him.-- For I had more places to go to than I could possibly fill, in the way of nursing, keeping house, visiting &c &c.-- My Sister Hal's house, and a near cousin's, were open to me during all that time, but as homes, where ever I wanted one, -- but I was scarcely in their houses during the whole time for want of opportunity.--
And although that time of "faith walk" is over, still I want prefer the Lord to establish me in a support of some kind, before I receive presents from relatives. The time was over when I received the legacy,-- and I concluded I'd take that although it was from a cousin--as she had no further need for it and it would meke her ho poorer.-- As that turned out I dont think I reaped any benefit over $4.00 personally-- from it -- though I did make some presents that I wanted it to from it.--
So now Mother you see it would be useless to return that small amount I sent you.-- I would not be willing to receive it, and it would go directly back to the estate.--
When I commenced this letter I had not the least idea of giving you such a history of my affairs, but got into it before I was aware, almost.
In thinking of what the dear Lord Jesus has done for me, it makes me feel my short comings sadly, and makes me realize his blessed goodness more fully.-- You do not know how I feel, not being able to get out to St. Charles while you are there mother. And after getting your letter and aunt Net's I felt it more than ever.--
Gene is in the neighborhood now, and I sent her your letters to read. She was very much touched at your going to see the old home, and trying to find some traces of father's work.-- How I do wish I had been with you. And to think that Mr. Alderson took you about.-- I dont remember his looks, but his home was just a little way across the prarie from us.-- and Ginnie and I used to go over to see his daughter Annie.-- and I was so afraid of the turkeys!--
Please keep me posted of your movements and welfare for you feel very near to me.-- I expect you are at aunt Leucretia's now.--
It is getting very late now, and I must write a short letter to go with this to aunt Net, so I must be closing.--
I am so sorry to hear of Virginia's and uncle Eugene's trouble with their eyes.-- Mine gave out a few years ago, for a considerable time, so I can truly sympathize with you all in that respect. One has to experience the pain, inconvenience, and distress of affections of the eye in order to fully appreciate the affliction it seems to me.--
In warmest love I am your
Lucy F. Fawcett
- ↑ The second letter was evidently enclosed with the letter of the same date addressed to Mrs. Eugene Gauss. Lucy F. Fawcett was daughter to Willis Fawcett and Susan Stabler. After Susan's death, the children were raised by her relatives in Virginia. I think the letter must be addressed to her step mother, Jerusha Wight Fawcett, who, according to Bill Fawcett had probably died in 1882-83, which may account for its presence in these papers.
Source:Handwritten original in the private collection of the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, May 13, 1999.