Letter from Sarah [MacDonald], dated 1894-10-11

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feeble health for several years, she has left two young daughters at an age that needs a mothers care and re straining influence more than perhaps at any other. then the young and interesting wife of Norris Wilson of typhoid fever, and little Minnie is left motherless. Last fourth day was butied Dr. Battey's little Eddie who in his brief career of 15 months had gained the affection of many by his, winsome ways, "he has left a great breach in the family (died of disentery), while Mary Stout still lingers on much the same, she is at the [too blurry to read]

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but where all is sunshine, and peace, calm uninterrupted peace and felicity, - It is natural, it is alowable, to mourn, for the loss of the society of our dear friends, and hard indeed must that heart be, that does not feel a tender sympathy with the striped and bereaved, who have as it were offered up their tender plants on the altar of their country, andmy fervent desire is that they may be enabled to seek, and receive lasting consolation which far exceeds what poor mortals are capable of imparting, yet it is a great comfort at times to know we are remembered in our affliction, by our friends, and words bringing that assurance are at times prized.

I have seen Martha Battey only once at meeting since their return from Yearly Meeting, she then told me they had a pleasant journey, and excellent meeting, have not seen her or Caroline since receiving thy last have been too unwell to get out to several of our last meetings. Russel and Lydia Taber are about to start on a visit to their friends in Vermont, and perhaps Michigan and New York states - to be gone two months

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The last accounts from James, on the 10th of last month they were at Donaldsonville, about 70 miles from New Orleans, he had been sick but was then pretty well, the papers inform us they have been removed we know not whither hope to get another letter this week but instead [thereof?] may get other news, as all troops that can be spared from other places, are to be, or have been, brought up to face the enemy. - He says in his last letter, "I never for an hour forget how much I want this war, to end that I may have a chance to come home." - How many poor boys, and anxious friends there are who can say the same! - But when I think of the weeping mothers all over this desolated country, whose sons are never to return to cheer their drooping spirits, and lonely homes, my heart sinks within me, and I am ready to query, how can they be comforted? will not many sink under it? - But war is not the only agent used be the All wise, disposer of events to bring man to the [dust?] there were three funerals in Hesper village, within two weeks the first Tideman Aldridge's wife who had been in

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