Letter from Edward Eggleston to Julian Willis Abernethy

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Joshuas Rock Lake George Aug 14, 1901 My dear Dr. Abernethy: It is too true, though the facts are not quite so ghastly as the first papers made it appear. She had gone on one of the long, solitary walks so common with her from earliest childhood. She stood under the tree to avoid the sudden storm. She was not within a mile of the gorge but in a part of the college campus, I do not know how far from home. She seems to have wrapped her bonnet in her gown and she gathered her gown samely about her neck. The thunder struck the half dead

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tree, knocking the dead wood all over her and sending her body some fifteen feet down an inclined plane of forty-five degrees. Owing to delay in the telegraph we were until the next day in getting intelligence. We brought her home and buried her here in a beautiful grave. She was to be here in a few days - the home-coming was inescapably sad. I thank you all of the Berkeley, for your kindness. Very Sincerely Yours Edward Eggleston The family all thank you for your kindness to Allegra. I had not seen her since last year.

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