June 24th - 93
Mrs. Leland Stanford:
Permit me, in the name of this University, to offer you the expression of our profound and heart-felt sympathy in the great sorrow that has come upon you. Senator Stanford's name and your own, as well as that of your beloved son, have be
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lations," be your Comforter now. For his eternal rest, and for your spiritual welfare, I shall long continue to make supplication.
Yours in Christ,
John J. Keane
come so inseparably identified with the cause of higher education, that every University in the land feels Kinship with you, and they cannot but share in your sorrow.
Moreover, I have so often heard you most lovingly spoken of by friends of mine, and have so often been promised the pleasure of meeting you, that your great affliction comes home to me, as with the personal condolence of friendship. Since hearing the sad news, I have been asking God is loving mercy for his soul, at the Altar and in my prayers, and begging for your God's own consolations, the consolations of Faith and Hope and Love, in your crushing bereavement. May indeed "the Father of Mercies and the God of all consolation, who comforteth us in all our tribu-"
June 22 1893
Mrs Leland Stanford
Allow me to tender to you my heartfeltsympathy at your very sudden & sad loss of the besthearted man in the world. He was the only man in the world who gave me words of encouragement when I was in distress. I wrote him a short time ago asking of him the privelege of naming my son after him as it would be a great & honorable name for him to bear through life & it would enable me to partly pay back the obligations I feel I am under for his words of en couragement & advice & at he same time my wife & I would consider it a great honor & personal favor Your husband wrote me upon recipt of my letter
that he would be honored & delighted. But that he wanted to submit the idea to you & see what you would have to say on the matter & he would then write me fully. Now I write this at a time that he is no more & I am more than anxious now that he has passed away to perpetuate his memory in my Son who If you give consent I will endeavor & work hard to give him an education that you will be proud of him for the name he bears. Trusting that you will look on this in the prope light at such a sad time as due to my regard for your husband & give us your consent.
I remain Yours with Sorrow
Respc CMKeegan 2424 Poplar St Phila Pa
[Enorii ?] Plantation [SC?] June 26th 1893
Mrs Leland Stanford Dear Madam I cannot refrain from expressing to you my sincere regret that your good husband is no more. While I never met him I was drawn to him by his speeches in the United States Senate [an?] the financial [quarters?], I have several of them which he kindly sent me. [He?] is a great [help?] to this country but a [?] to Heaven-May the Father help and comfort you in the [?] wish of an unknown friend very truly Ellison LKeitt[h?]