My dear Friends,
Returning suddenly from Paul's
hours of bitter anguish. The pain of
parting with a child is perhaps for
the time, the most poignant of pains.
The wound is of the tenderest sensibilities
and run beyond expression, but from the
immortal future of eternity, we can
summon joys and hopes and fulfillments
for consolation, even divine joys, angelic
hopes, fulfilled splendors of character,
such as could not possibly award him
here. Still the fact, the dreadful
fact remained that he is gone, and
oh! how you must miss him. It rea-
lly makes me ill to think of it - such
silence and desolation!
I hope that you and Austin and
H bMS Am 1118.95, Box 9
visit this summer at Amherst. I suppose no one was sur-
prised when her engagement to Prof. Smith was announced,
and really it was very natural and congenial all around.
Remember me very affectionately to Emily and Vinnie. I
wish they could prevail on themselves to visit me sometime,
and I shall hope when we meet, that this fresh bleeding
[?] to all your hearts may be quietly healed through
the mercy of your heavenly Father
and the mystery of pain made clearer to your souls than it
possibly can be in these first hours of suffering -
Your attached friend,
Tuesday Nov 20, 1883.
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