in going over a package of leters - your pleasant note with the sweet volume of poems (sent me during my brief stay at the Occidental HOtel, San F.) caused me to renew the desire to assure you of my truest sympathy in the removal of your loved life partner. He has only moved a little farther on and up. Blessed though, that ever as our dear ones sometimes, during their earthly lives journeyed to distant countries, so, in the more spiritual sense, they pass without the gates, entering into the Paradise country, where living fields of verdure ever spring fresh and green - I know from sad experience how words fall limp & lifeless upon the heart, which is breaking - yet even after twenty years, the memory of some senders expression of sympathy is with one still - so I venture again to express my soul language - we have both been so simularly afflicted that there is a bond - your only boy & mine - How rich the present is of blessed memories of those whom the Dear Lord lovingly loaned us. There is nothing that could make me murmur - so intense is my gratitude for the past - and I am sure
[Material represents a folded note, final section (of four) transcribed first]
you feel the same.
My trip to Alaska was one of the most delightful ever experienced - altho' - I have been agreat traveller.
We have taken this house for a month, then after a few stops go on to London, where we remain for Oct. We are travelling quietly - seeing all worth enjoying without fatigue. My little "Stone from Oberammergau" would have been seen by Her Majesty the Queen but for the death of her brother in law. A Queen's messenger brought it to our (underlined) door, a note, in reply to a book sent Her Majesty - If at any time I can serve you or give a word of cheer, do Mrs Stanford call upon me. Yours with truest sympathy - Eugenia J. Bacon c/o Brown-[unintelligible]
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[notation, left corner, top, apparently a date [unintelligible] 16th/93 in handwriting other than that of correspondent]
"Providence House" West Cowes Isle of Wight England Aug 27 - 93
My dear Mrs Stanford,
On the train from Tacoma - eastward - I bought a paper - which conveyed to me your great additional sorrow. Had the impulse of my heart been followed a line of sympathy would then have been sent - but your bereavement seemed too sacred to be intruded upon by a stranger. Yesterday
[Form of "The Western Union Telegraph Company]
Received at: [unintellgible] June 21, 1893 Dated: San fran 21 To: I.C.??? Nash Palo Alto Kindly extend to Mrs Stanford my sincere condolence & sympany in her bereavement the whole country as well as herself have met an irreparable loss in the passing away of that truly great & good man Leland Stanford. Alexander Badlam