and can speak of his abiding love and tender ways. The clouds are heavy and dark but behind them is silver light. His loving smile has welcomed your loved ones, and they with him will comfort and care for you, of their existance and companionship I am sure you have been convinced and when the thin veil is lifted which now lies between us and our loved ones the joy of our happy reunion will more than repay us for the sorrow of losing sight of them in the flesh. In the loss of your dear husband the nation sympathises.
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the country mourns accept - from one who admired and respected him heartfelt - sympathy
Sincerely Yours, Josephine Beale
1101 Pine [unintelligible] Mrs Robt Beck
[first page of note, follows] Oakland 25 June 1893
My dear Mrs Stanford
As one woman's heart goes out to another - who has suffered as you are now so does mine to you. Perhaps it may be of some comfort to know of another's experiance who has thrown herself at the feet of Him who doeth all things well
Dear Mrs Stanford.
Your Pastor & friend of the Olden times does not forget you now in this new time of sorrow and loss. The information that Mrs Beecher left us with like suddenness and in the same way (Aproplexy) on the 18th of February will give you assurance that I know better than some how to sympathise with you in your present bereavement.
Very affectionately Luther F. Beecher
[in a different hand, beneath the signature] This man married Mr Stanford and I [unintelligible] 30th 1850, J.L. Stanford.