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 HOLYOKE SEM., July 31,1857.  

My own John, -- Your letter today has made my heart glad. I am pleased to know that you are pleased with the manner in which I have spent the past year -- that you have not been disappointed in me. When the thought of coming to the Sem. was in the bud, I had many fears lest your hopes & expectations would never be realized, & to decide to come, was for some reasons one of the greatest trials of my life. But from the moment the decision was fully made the thought gave me only pleasure. I have spent a very happy year, and I think a profitable one. I feel very thankful to you, my Love, for suggesting the course to me, and for your perseverance in removing my objections. I am sure I shall always feel thankful that I have been through a course of study. I think with great pleasure of the happy hours I shall have with you in study and reading. I hope I shall always find time for these things. I feel that you will assist me very much in my intellectual as well as my heart culture. But when we do all we can we are mere babes in knowledge. Ladies are seldom deserving of more credit of mental greatness than Milton allows his Eve, I believe.  I wonder why it is? Perhaps it is because we do not aspire to greatness of that kind.  I do not think my ambition would bear me very far aloft.   You fancy me, sometimes, writing something not profound or brilliant, perhaps, but still something worth reading, but truly John, I have no such dreams for myself.  I have somehow been fortunate enough to write a composition which has gratified my teachers; I will not tell you what some of them have remarked about it, for you shall read it & judge of its merits for yourself. I have been told that it is to be read Thursday morning.  

Today Miss Munson desired me to bring her my composition on Jezebel and one on  Aristocracy. I cannot guess what she wishes to read them again for.  

I am feeling very well now.  I shall remain well, I think, for I feel that the heat of the day is past, our last recitations save the examinations have been heard. Oh, I shall be happy when I can place my diploma in your hand.  

I do not feel so desirous to have you present on Thurs. as to be willing that you shd. make sacrifices in order to come. I shall be so busy much of the time that you would not perhaps enjoy so much as I have thought.  I do not think you better come.  I shall go home as soon as I am able to leave.  That is if Wm. & Sarah make their plans to return that day.  AS I do not know what their plans are & there may be the possibility of our not being at home Thursday eve. -- If you see Wm. before he comes over here had you not better inquire of him whether you may expect to see me at my home Thurs. eve. or not? 

Mr. Parsons addressed us last eve.  I was pleased with his manner and also with what he said -- he spoke extempore.  His wife and little daughter about fifteen months old were with him to spend the night -- they left this morn -- after he had heard two of our recitations.  They had a beautiful child and seemed proud of it. he brought it in his arms down to the breakfast table, it was a charming sight to me --. 

How bright the future looks that I am to spend with you!  I wish it was already begun, & we were ready for it. 

I shall expect to hear from you once more before I leave. We shall close our correspondence bye and bye? Lu sends love.  

Your own Louisa.  

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