The Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Hill request me to express their sincere sympathy for you. Miss Hill is absent from home. If Mr. Hill can offer you any consolation or be of any service in this sad hour, he would deem it a privilege to minister to you.
Leland Stanford has finished a glorious career; his achievements in public affairs are among the most important rendered by any citizen in this age; as his private fortune in
creased a spirit of true benevolence manifested itself in his benefactors
We should try to believe our departed friends to be not far from us. As subjexts of the Redeemer's Kingdom we have a well grounded hope of meeting them with our Divine Lord in Paradise.
Very sincerely and respectfully,
Adam A. McAlister
To Mrs. Leland Stanford.
"Ivy Lodge." Santa Cruz, Calif July 4. 1893
Mrs Senator Stanford.
My dear Madame.
As one who stands aside, with earnest but silent sympathy, till nearer friends have had their rightful precedence in offering you their mead of Consolation, I have held my peace whilst all my heart went out to you in your great bereavement. Greater than that which falls to the ordinary lot of woman in that your noble husband far outstripped all other men in those attributes that command the highest Admiration of Mankind. His loss is not yours alone! It is the whole Nations. America has lost in him her noblest and most unselfish
Son whose going hence leaves a vacant seat in her highest Councils. One, whose wisdom and philan-thropy wasted none of their sublime beneficence in useless theorizing. but upheld always by your own noble sympathy and generous co-operation Crystalized into perfect, practical realization, all of his plans for the greatest good to the greatest number - and upon the grandest scale that has ever before been accom -plished by mortal man.
Untold generations, trained at Palo Alto, in the ethics of a new and better Theology shall rise up to call him "Blessed" and hand down to remotest ages, the name of your fair young son and your own, linked with his, as among the Worlds greatest Benefactors.
The day I celebrate as my own birthday - the 21st of June was his birthday into the realms of Immortality.
In that last sleep, from which he passed so quietly into the Great Beyond, I have no doubt some dreams were mingled of that dear boy whose loss had been his constant grief. He woke to find those dreams a reality. His Boy was beside him to soothe to cheer - to comfort and congratulate his Father upon the magnificant [sic] fulfillment of all his own hopes and plans for the uplifting of humanity.
I have no doubt that both looked back to you - and pledged anew that loving sympathy and ever present help that will enable you to feel the influence of their all enduring love- nor that the