Jeanne [C.] Carr
steady preference of [illegible] is most lovely and excellent. He has made you a more individualized existence than is common, and by your very nature & [illegible] removed you from common templations. Perhaps He only wants you to love and to speak of Him. Perhaps He will not let you be a naturalist, but calls you by His suffering away from that pleas- ant path, to speak to other Souls those messages of His your soul has heard. Do not be anxious about it, He will surely place you where your work is. Do I seem to speak over conficent- ly? Dear friend, my recognition of you from the first, was just this - one of His Beloved. When you are [illegible] to look hopelessly outward You may think, Mrs Carr believes fully in me. She would, while there was enough left of my body to hold my soul. And you may think too, that  Madison, March 15,Dear John, I grieve, as your sister might, at this news which has come today - that God has been leading you into the darkness, and long to be able to minister to your comfort while the burden of pain and weakness and lonely- ness is to be borne. What can I do, now, while you are so far from us. but whisper some of those sweet prom- ises which fasten the soul to the source of Light and Life? And you have these treasures laid up, so I do not know how to be useful to you in this extremity - except just to speak the words of hope and faith and courage of which my heart is full. It is hard, dear friend - it seems cruel, but let us look away beyond the suffering of[in margin: getting a dimness in my eyes thinking of [you?] I must say good night. Make your mark now [illegible] dear on these [illegible]for better or worse as you feel. I can read your [illegible][illegible] and am always your loving friend, Jeanne Carr]
 Mar 15
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