think it must be very hard for Mr Blaine and his friends, to have such a defeat. Your were [so] kind in your last letter to tell us all the news from Washington and to repeat the kind words spoken of Fred to you and Senator Stanford. We appreciate very deeply your assu[ring] words and generous
wishes. Indeed my husband and I can never, never thank you and dear Senator Stanford enough, for all you have done for us and for our children, too. Our hearts are full of gratitude to you both. You must be very happy in the midst of your good deeds and great kindness to others
I am just now very sad over the sudden death of my dear friend, Fannie Paul at Carlsbad (Mr Drexel's daughter) who was here a month ago, well and happy. She leaves three little children - died of typoid [sic] fever. Mr Drexel who is at Carlsbad, most distressed, leaves for America today with her body - her husband and children. She had great health and all to make her happy in this life.
Please pardon this long letter, dear Mrs Stanford, and accept our affectionate regards for you and the Senator, in which our children