In Her Own Right

Letter from Sarah Mapps Douglass to Rebecca White 1855 May 30

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Date created 1855-05-30
Creators Douglass, S. M. (Sarah Mapps), 1806-1882
Subjects Douglass, S. M. (Sarah Mapps), 1806-1882 | Flower gardening | Hydropathy | Quaker women | Women--health | Across Racial Lines
Geographical location Burlington
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Contributing institution Haverford College Library, Quaker & Special Collections
Transcription [p.1] You are very welcome my dear friend, to the account of the [?] physician, I copied it purposely for thee, and am glad that I can in my way please or oblige one whose sympathy has ever been so precious to me. Mayest thou find in the pure air of the country “health and cure”. O, be encouraged about your health, it seems to me that she who has wounded “waiteth to revive” both soul and body. Let me tell thee how the Lord sincerely comforts me. A few years ago (14 or 15) my precious mother brought from the Homestead at Burlington a little slip of [p.2] Glycine or Wisteria which she planted in a little spot of earth, about three feet long, in our yard. It thrived and bore beautiful clusters of pale lilac flowers every summer during mother’s life. When she passed away we cherished it for her sake. Two years ago it died, as we supposed, as we saw nothing of it from that time. A quantity of coal ashes was thrown upon the spot and lay there all winter, about a week ago I scraped away the ashes and a day or two after judge of my surprise when I saw a little sprout of Glycine as long as my hand peeping up, green and fresh and bright literally beauty springing out of ashes. O, then rushed that sweet [?] [p.3] through my mind, “beauty shall spring out of ashes & life out of the dust. A little while thou shalt lie in the ground as the seed lies in the bosom of the earth, but thou shalt be raised again and thou shalt never die any more.” O, mother, there I thought of thee. O, dear R, without the [underlined]shadow[/underlined] of a doubt I believe that our mothers are gathered to the spirits of the just made perfect. Flowers have ever been to me earnest, solemn holy teachers. Many thanks for thy kind gift especially so as it helps me to praise God more abundantly. In the Seventh month, if nothing providential seems to present itself [p. 4] I am to be married. After a long season, of darkness, of deep searching and proving (in which I was enabled to say in sincerity “Thy will be done”) light has dawned uponne me and I go forward humbly and reverently in the fear of God. I very much need some sheeting with thy permission (so kindly given) I shall purchase with a part of thy gift what I need in that way. O, how precious is the love of God, he has filled thy heart with kindness to me his [?] warm and thou hast generously supplied my wants. May he give thee himself! As soon I have time I shall take great pleasure in copying the [?] of my dear old [p. 5] Grandfather. It is indeed an honour to be the seed of the righteous. I seem to be improving in health having returned to Hydropathy. I am now using wet bandaged sitting baths and foot baths. This week I have not had much palpitations. I hope that rest and country air during the vacation will set me up gain, and enable me to return to my school duties with new interest. Fare thee well. I am thy friend. S. M. Douglass 5 Mo. 30. 55 PS. It was very kind in your sister to bring me the note. I thank her for it. She looked sad.