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May 13. 1898.
My dear Susan -

"What I do thou
knowest not now, but
thou shall know hereafter."
Mere increase of knowledge
is not much; because knowl-
edge is so small a part of
life. But, being made as
we are, to know why
things are as they are, to

know how things were
right wh. seemed only +
wholly wrong, to touch the
key of mysteries wh. were
agonies to out hearts,- this
much be a kind of Heaven
in itself, whatever else Heaven
may be, or bring. This is
the promise. It is the promise
of what we want. And we
know eno' of the Promiser to
be sure that it will come
to pass. "This is "Life Eternal".

The high, pure, true manhood in
Edward made it good to see him, to
know him, to count him in among the world's
best posessions. As long as he lived in this
world he grew in goodness, in gentleness, in
dignity, in the beauty of Character, which is the
Supreme glory of our Estate. Whatever he
might have done here, there was something

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more important for him to do elsewhere.

How you, his Mother, + Martha, his Sister,
are to do without his visible presence, God
foresees; + foreseeing He will provide.

We think of you tenderly; you know we
do. I send you more than any words.



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