to give safety and bring calm and peace. He has been with you as your soul has been in deep waters giving you heavenly consolation, He will not fail to be [Br?] with you now in this added trial. You have cried to Him out of the depths and He has heard you.
It is His word which teaches us that death does not mean destruction but temporary separation, the sweetest loves and
tenderest tries are forever.
Your sister has joined your dear son and make Heaven have another attraction for you. The Christ of love and sympathy will not leave you. He has comfort to bring which the world cannot give.
When your sister was in Paris it was our pleasure to know her. She was at our home and we visited her at her hotel. She was frequently at the services in the Church.
She was interested in all that pertained to your son and the incidents which related his [Br?] with the American Church. [Br?] that true from her apparent health, [vivacity?] and interest she seemed to have promise of a long life and [continued?] usefulne[f?]. We were both interested in one of our fellow countrymen who was very sick and [shied?] in [Pans?]. Mr Havemeyer. She left upon him an [Br?]
Condolence letter [Br?]
Mr. [Br?] of American Church [Br?] re Hewes
13 Ave Mae. Mahon Paris Aug. 23d 1892.
Dear Mrs. Stanford;
This morning the San Francisco Evening Buletin of Aug, 4th brought me the sad news of your sister's going home. Our hearts go out in sympathy with you in your great sorrow. Wave after wave go over us, storm after storm beat upon us on this sea of human life, but our Lord is in [every?] ship upon which we ^sail
she had toward you. This companionship and interest are a great subtraction from your life.
[With?] you a wide circle of appreciating friends mourn her going and honor her memory.
My parishoners are from all parts of our beloved country and take in a wide range.
You have been more than ordinarily indentified with the interests of this
American Church and I must take a pastor's privilege of [expressing?] my sympathy with you and pray that the Great Comforter may bring you [Br?] and sweet heavenly consolation in this new hour of trial. We have borne you before the [Br?] of the Heavenly Grace and we will still remember you when we say "Our Father." The beauty of the world [Br?], but the [Br?] of Christ remain
forever. It will not be long when we may be [Br?] with the inhabitants of the Celestial City, see the [King?] in His glory and greet our dear ones who have gone be for, until that trial the Lord will lead us, so that the [Br?] will be better because we have lived in it. Mrs. Thurber [unites?] with me in sincere sympathy.
John will be greatly touched when he hears the sad news with best wishes to you and Senator Stanford I am sincerely your friend Ed[w?] G. Thurber.
3. of her kindne[ss?] of heart. I knew of her thoughtful-ne[ss?] of you in the selection of articles which she felt would please you. She went over with me the story of your great sorrow and in her deep sympathy with you and Senator Stanford shared how much it had touched her own heart and life.
From such conversations I learned much of her own sweet nature [and?] What a sisterly spirit
to his return in perfect health nest winter. With your beautiful ideas and views of death it will be much easier to become reconciled to it and he this enabled to think calmly and peacefully of the beloved [Br?] of your life having gone to [Br?] your dear young son in the other and more beautiful would where sorrow and parting are unknown.
How little I realized, when the Senator kindly gave me his autograph last winter, how soon his dear hand would be still and how much I now cherish the signature would be hard to tell. If I were only nearer to you I should feel honored to be able to place beautiful flowers on his casket but distance forbids. Mama, papa & brother wish me to express to you their profound