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some special tree; - the very air {insertion: "is"} if full of the presence of the dear departed one.

What can anyone say, or do to break the awful silence? Only the dear loving Jesus can speak "Peace to the troubled soul" It is your trust and faith in Him that will help you to rise above the desolation. Leaning upon his love, his unseen strength you will prove to the world God's mighty power to fulfil his promises. Carry in your secret heart this assurance. "When thou passeth through the waters. I will be with thee; and through the rivers they shall not overflow thee; When thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be turned; neither shall

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the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God" and again "Ye are my witnesses saith the Lord" Read the lines I inclose - over & over again until you can say. Take my hand and my heart - lead, and teach me.

You know too, God says "I will, guide thee with mine eye"

My dear friend - with so many looking up to you to see how you bear your sorrow - let the world see that in Jesus. You are strong to hear the burden - no - you are to leave it with Jesus. & go your way asking the dear Lord to lead you; to so fill your heart with his love that you shalt not fear: then, dear friend, by your daily living for Jesus - its not money giving, its more, its heart & life consecration

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Then indeed will you rise above your desolation & the garden of your heart shall "blossom as the rose." To so many you can speak a word for Jesus--remember there are souls " hungering & thirsting " among the rich--so many that have no one to tell them the secret story of Jesus love, because they are rich many shrink from telling them they are sinners: Just the same in God's sight & indeed more responsible because their wealth places them in power. So in your own sphere remember you now have such an opportunity to tell what the dear Lord has done for you & what he will do for all who will trust & love him. My heart has gone right out to you from my own experience. I can now, & have all these years spoken the words of love for Jesus. Earnestlly, affectionately, & sincerely your old friend of forty years ago & more.

Maria Weed Alden.

July 19, 1893.

"Otrada" Millbrook Dutchess Co. N.Y

My dear Mrs. Stanford,

Each day, and every day since Gov Stanfords death have I tried to write. To day it is no easier than the first day. Words seem so cold where the heart is broken. Tenderly our sympathy is with you, and gladly would we say or do anything [insert] to [/insert] give a ray of sunshine in your darkened home. None but a widow knows how terrible the "aloneness"- your living rooms; your walks; your drives; some favorite flower, or

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from home on a journey through the lakes: Alas! there is only one great consolation - to trust in God! and do all the good we can to our fellow sufferers, and those in need of our help, and comforting assist ance. The dear poor girl whose letter I enclose to you is a most needy and worthy (sister) and daughter of the Lord, whom I have longed to aid, but have not the needed means: she lived in my sons family--he whom she calls the Doctor--and his dear little child [Morcet?]--whom Lizzie so kindly speaks of in her letter; now my great anxiety is to have her placed under your care my dear Mrs. Stanford or have her be your attendant because of the mild climate in winter, and, for the purpose of getting some leisure to improve her mind; she is a lovely lady like girl, and would be most devoted to you: and am sure you would never regret any aid extended to her. If you did not find her worthy, then you need not hesitate to send her again, to us--or place her in one of the schools you have made so helpful to girls and women . Life is short--that to aid even one person aright is all one may do, unless one is blessed with wealth; My I humbly ask the kindness of an ansewr to make plans for Lizzie for the winter in case you may think favorably of aiding. Am sincerely yours with sympathy Anna H H Addams

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My address

Anna H H Addams

Cedarville

Stephenson County

Illinois

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Cedarville June 27th 1893

My Dear Mrs Stanford

Believe me I sympathize most deeply in your late sorrow and bereavement of your Honored husband and our most lamented Senator Stanford; whom the east claims (as ours) as well as the west. - my heartfelt sympathy has been yours silently for years -- as I with my daughter and a few friends were visitors in Rome when we heard of the death of your dear and lamented one. But I feel that I too have been so sadly bereaved--being twice widowed my lost lamented husband died twelve years ago, while we were

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