Home to You
A Closer Look
Henry Whipple’s wife, Cornelia, sometimes traveled with
him, but often her family and school duties kept her in Faribault.
During his long trips, Henry wrote to her almost every day in
very romantic language. He also wrote constantly of his concern
at leaving her
with so many responsibilities. Because transportation was slow,
sometimes Henry was gone for six months or longer. In one letter,
he assured Cornelia that if she became ill and needed him to come
home, he could be there– in about sixteen days.
Here is part of
a letter Henry Whipple wrote while travelling to Scotland by
steamer ship in October, 1864:
"And now darling, I wish I could tell you
all I think of you. Every day and many times a day your image
up to me as a… dear
and faithful wife and loving mother. I would give more than a little
if I could tell you face to face. I go to bed and you are always
by me. I often go back over the path of years and how sweet is
all the precious memories of your fidelity– God reward you
for being such a wife and darling forgive me that I permitted even
good works from showing you all the love I might.
That I do always
have loved you I knew and never so well as today– I
borrow all kinds of anxiety about you– fear that you have
not good servants or will not care for yourself or that you may
be in need or that I may have caused you sorrow. So for my sake
tell me if there is a thing I can do for you. Write to me all that
concerns you and how you get on. Don’t be afraid to tell
me. .. I hope the children will do all they can to help you… I
prize your letters. That first letter has been read and reread
and has been moistened by tears… You are so loving and kind.
So faithful and true I had no right to ever tax you so...