Aug. 2 Sabbath. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 77.This morning we received the semi-monthlymail from the East. I havesad news from home this time. AuntHannah Cotton - the mother of thelittle cousin who died last summerand who has been an inmate of theInsane Asylum for some timepast at Saunton, Mass. has recentlycommitted suicide, by hangingherself in a water closet with apiece torn from her dress. Shehad seemed to be recovering, andon that account was allowed moreliberty than at first. O this is sosad! What will become of her Sophia!Who now will take the place of a motherto her, to guard her from thetemptation and evil which besetyoung girls of her age. Heaven helpher. As for Uncle, I wonder he doesnot go crazy too, he has met with somany losses. He has buried threewives - one now in such a dreadfulmanner - three children, a fatherand mother, an only sister - youngAug. 2. and accomplished, and who hadjust become a young mother, besidesseveral brothers and other friends.How desirable it is that the son anddaughter now left to him, should behis comfort and joy. But I fear itwill be otherwise. O that he mayturn to our kind Father in Heaven,in the midst of his affliction, and besupported and comforted. But I haveother unpleasant news. Sister Susie isat home from school, and sick. Howwe hope she will soon recover. Motherwrites that twenty-eight persons haverecently united with the church there.This is an encouraging addition.I hope it will not prove the extentof it. Luther, I think, will soon bewell again, for today he has sleptquietly and well, with only occasionalinterruptions. Rest is what heneeds, and I am so rejoiced that heis able to take it again. Mr. & Mrs.Holman have made us a call thisevening, to get some medicine forAnnie, who is not very well.
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