July 20. called between services, thenwe went to church in company. Mr.Bryer dined with us. I am verymuch fatigued from exerting myselfso much today.July 21. T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 75. Thesad news has come to Lawrence Moorethat his sister, Lizzie Cooke isdead. She was an only daughterhas not been married yet a yearwas a young mother - her babe beingonly six weeks old when shedied. She leaves this little one,called Lizzie Lawrence Cooke,never to know a mother's love orcare. So frail is human life.When last I saw her, she was thepicture of health. The freshness ofyouthful life and vigor bloomedin her countenance. A shorttime after we arrived here, newscame that she had become ahappy bride. Next that - she wasa mother, and both she and herhusband were congratulatingthemselves on the many happyhours which might be in storefor them. The contract betweenJuly 21. the letter which conveyedthis news to us, and the next whichhas just arrived, is very striking.Now her youthful husband's heartis sad, and her parents are sorrowingfor her who is thus prematurelylaid in the grave. She diedon the fourteenth of June, andwas laid in her coffin, arrayed inher bridal garments, and buriedon the 17th in Mount Hope cemetery.How different the feelingsof those who thus saw her in herbridal dress arrayed for the grave,from those which filled theirhearts when, less than a year ago,she stood at the altar, a happybride, wearing those same garments.In on short year, she becamea wife - a mother - and acorpse. She was much more vigorousthan I. Yet God, in infinitewisdom, has taken her, whileI am left. Is it not for some goodpurpose. O that I may be spared tobring up my little boy for Him.Rode out in the afternoon withDr. and called on Mrs. Epperly
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