Charles H. Babbitt 933 Mass. Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
"Spirit of the Times," New York. "Dramatic Journal," Chicago. "Daily Nonpareil," Concil Bluffs, Iowa
July 19th 1893
Dear Mrs. Stanford,
I have been wishing to tell you how much I sympathize with you in your great loss. We are "only two," and I know I should feel that the World had almost come to an end if I lost my husband, so feel for other wives, so bereft, more deeply than I have words to express.
I am sorry to see in this morning's paper that you are going to remain in California and lease your home, here, to which I, one of very many, hoped you would return after awhile.
Do you leave all of your pictures and other beautiful things in it? It will seem
too bad to see any one else in that house which has been the scene of such lovely hospitality, where the poorest person who ventured in was as well received as the highest, and every body enjoyed themselves so much.
Do you remember that I begged a photograph of you several years ago? You had none but said I should have one when you had. I would like so much to have it when you can spare me one.
I have some bits of velvet left from some you gave me two years ago for some charity work, and I shall treasure them all the more that I may not look forward to seeing you each Winter. I hope however, that you may
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his nervous system is so broken up, he depends upon his adopted daughter for all social correspondence.
I know he is crushed, under the weight of this sad news.
Yours with sympathy, Emma C. Bassett
Wash. June 22nd/93.
Mrs. Leland Standford
I read this morning with profound regret the suddent demise of your dear Husband and my Father's loved and esteemed Friend.
In his poor state of health he has been obliged to leave the city early this season, and is now in [Wamfshassette?] Point Stoneington Conn. where I expect to join him the first of the month.
If I was there I should write this for him, as