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we have known her longer and probably more intimately than any others. It seemed too horrible that anyone could have been so brutal as to cut short the life of so good and so noble a woman. The thought saddened and horrified us. But now that it seems as if death came naturally, we can feel reconciled.
A few of the Pioneers who are in Sacramento shall offer their tribute to the memory of one to whom they owe so much.
Very sincerely, [Maud ?] B. Jones
March 18, 1905. 1506 O Street, Sacramento.
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Mar. 25, 1905
Most Rev. Patrick W. Riordan 1100 Franklin St. San Francisco, Cal.
My dear Sir:
I have just learned of the most unfortunate accident in connection with your attendance at the Memorial Church yesterday. The great number of people made it necessary to instruct the ushers at the doors that they should admit no one unless identified as a person on whose behalf reserved seats had been provided. As we had been informed by letter from Secretary John J. Cantwell, under date of March 21st, that you were "quite unwell and cannot leave the city", we did not expect you and did not instruct the doorkeepers to be on the watch for you. I regret the unfortunate affair most sincerely and I trust that you will understand that it was prompted by no lack of respect for one of Mrs. Stanford's oldest and most valued friends.
Very respectfully yours, Chairman of Committee
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GEORGE & HINSDALE ATTORNEYS AT LAW ROOMS 3, 4, AND 5, UP STAIRS 401 J STREET SACRAMENTO, CAL March 22, 1905
Dr. David Starr Jordan Stanford University, Cal.
Dear Doctor Jordan:
It was my intention to be present at the funeral of Mrs. Stanford Friday afternoon at the University. The very serious condition and probable death in a day or two of Judge McKune, an old and retired member of our firm, makes it impossible for me to leave the office, much to my regret. I had hoped, as a member of the class of '95, who stood on October 1st, 1891, and listened to the words of the founders, to be present and to pay my tribute when the survivor should be laid away. Though my absence is necessary, I shall certainly be with you all in spirit. It was not given to all of us to know Mrs. Stanford as you did, and to come into such close contact with her, and to share so much her sorrows and her joys. Your loss we all know and share, and I trust that some day the real heroism of Mrs. Stanford will be appreciated in its fulness, not only by the academic world, but by the people in general.
With kind regards, I am, Sincerely, Lester J Hinsdale
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St. Mary's Cathedral 1100 Franklin Street San Francisco, California May 21, 1905
Mr. J. C. Branner Acting President Stanford University Palo Alto, Cal. Dear Sir:
Archbishop Biordan is in receipt of your letter asking him to attend the funeral of Mrs. Stanford on Friday March 24th. Unfortunately he is quite unwell and cannot leave the city. He has sent word to the authorities at the Seminary at Menlo Park to be present on that sad occasion and hopes you will permit them to form part of the funeral cortege from the church to the mausoleum.
Sincerely yours, John J. Cantwell Secretary
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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA 22 Mar. 1905
President David Starr Jordan Stanford University California
My mother, who is here for a few days, wishes to attend the funeral service of Mrs. Stanford. She and my father, the Bishop of Africa, are intimate friends of intimate friends of Mrs. Stanford. Would it be possible to reserve seats for my mother and my wife? I shall sit with President McChist.
Trusting you will not consider this note as presumptuous.
I am, very respectfully, J. Culver Hartzell