|HOLYOKE SEM., July 24, 1857
My own John, -- I am in advance of my studies a little this morning and lest I should not be so again for days to come, I am going to improve the time by writing you.
Since you were here I have thought much about your being present at our Anniversary exercises and have felt self-condemned because I did not urge you to come. The reason of my not urging you was not that I did not wish you to come, but because I gathered from your words and manner that you could not and desired not to come. In conversation with Lu. last evening I was led to think that perhaps I had mistaken your feelings. I determined to persuade you to come if it was possible and now to the argument.
1st. I am proud of you, and I love to have the world see that you love me. Now if you are not present on that important day in my life, it seems to me it will argue a want of affection, it will show a lack of interest in me. This is one argument from my pride.
2ndly I wish to make you acquainted with some of my friends here. Charge that also to my pride.
3rdly. I think you will enjoy the address, & there will probably be a good many clergymen present whom you may be glad to meet.
4thly. I wish you to see the Senior Class receive their diplomas, since your Louisa is one in it. I wish you to see the calisthenics after dinner. I expect to practice, & I would like to have you bear our class song wh. will be sung after the calisthenics, & I am sure you would enjoy the whole --do come. The address begins at eleven o'clock but if you could get here by half past ten o'clock in time to hear the last compositions & witness the procession to the church I shld. like very much to have you. What if it shld. be necessary to excuse one of your recitations? I think we are justified in making sacrifices for one another.
I have decided to go home that day--if Wm. & S. do not make their plans to spend the night wh. it seems to me will not be best. If you ride over alone you shall not return so unless you prefer it. Oh, I am impatient of the adieus of these days to be said. I want to be with you.
Our class name is Viatoriae by a vote of thirty. So you see your visit was a blessing to my class as well as to myself.
I must ask you to excuse this uncouth appearing sheet. Our ink is almost beyond use. Shall I hear from you next Tues.? I will promise you one letter more from Holyoke.
Your own loving