always manifested true friendship and a strong desire for your prosperity and wellfare No one aside from her own relatives was nearer to her heart than yourself The letter you wrote her when home here last summer gave her much comfort in her sinking condition You are well aware of the true friendsh ip which existed between you both She was ever a friend to the friendless and therefore endeavered herself to many while living Many will miss her now she is gone But no one [will?] have these keen feelings for the loss of a friend that a Parent has She has been taken from us by her Heavenly Father Her poor body is buried in the tomb But her spirit we trust is with her Saviour and her god These are our only consoling thoughts. It was hard very hard to part with her When I think we never are to behold her face nor hear her voice nor receive her kind letters (over) these thoughts overcome me But there is consolation in the promises of our Saviour He says when I am there ye shall be also If we hove and serve Him have been truly [rejoice?] [illegible] ther will not always be a [illegible] [illegible]ation we shall yet see our dear Frances again and hear her kind voice These are our only consoling thoughts We have many things to be thankful to our Heavenly Father for We were permitted to be with our Daughter through the most of her sickness and see she was well and for This is not the case with many Many are left to sicken and die alone far away from any earthly friend My Prayer is that this sad bereavement may be sanctified to us all Since you wrote we received a letter from my Son stating that they had lost their youngest son he died very sudden They are brought to morn for another He was a promising little Boy
1863 Sep 13
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 24.5 cm
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