How well I remember November 8, 1837! My father had brought us — four girls — in his own carriage, a three days' ride from Vermont. Leaving home on Saturday, we spent the Sabbath at a hotel in Chester, and thus were able to arrive in good time on Wednesday. . . .
Presently, Miss [Mary] Lyons appeared, her face all aglow . . . and gave us the welcome of a mother to her daughters. "Come right upstairs," she said, "you have come to help us," in a voice that had the true home ring. Heart met heart, teacher and pupil were one, and we followed her to seminary hall. . . . We were so glad to have a place in the seminary, for we knew that more than twice our number had been refused for want of room. . . .
That first year brought together a heroic band; nearly all were professing Christians —young women of lofty aims, and steady devotion to Christ. Their zeal for the new seminary was scarcely inferior to Miss Lyons'.
Quoted in History of Mt. Holyoke Seminary During Its First Half Century, 1837-1867, by Mrs. Sarah Stow (The Seminary, 1887).