M[ary] E. Newton
verdure and beautified with flowers. Spring is my favorite season, with joy yet with sad- ness shall I hail its return. My Elmer is not here, none but a mother can know how much such a sweet prattler is missed each day, and I might say hour my thoughts are upon my angel boy, oh how fondly my heart strings were entwined around him, I will not murmur God has but taken the gift be lent me, to him- self. Soon I shall go to him. How much we need the influence of the Holy Spirit constantly to keep us in duties path, and keep our thoughts upon the author of all good. This a dark rainy day I did not feel able to go out to church and am home with Willie who sits on the floor with his00351toys. Would that I could look in upon you and know how time glides with you. Emma tells me you were about to leave your sisters when you wrote her. Where you are and what you are doing is what I am quite anxious to know. I trust you are well and happy and that you are enjoying the richest blessings earth can give is my most sincere wish. I shall ever feel an earnest solicitude for you, your regard for our dear sister has greatly endeared you to us, beside you have that real worth of character I most highly esteem. I feel that God will bless and prosper you and may you be the means in His hands of bringing to Christ, I feel assured it is your desire to benefit mankind
Prairie du Chien [Wisc.]
1864 Apr 17
Original letter dimensions: 18.0 x 22.5 cm
Reel 01, Image 0666
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