State of California----Executive Department
Sacramento, May 25 1862
My Dear Mother.
While mourning our common loss my heart overflows with sympathy for your bereavement. We alll of us talk daily of our mother and of her lowly condition. It is a great consolation to know that Charles is so near you. We feel confident that his affection will do all that is possible to cheer and lighten the burthen of your sorrows.
With the death of our dear father has departed a great part of the sun shine of existence. My hopes and ambitions have been so much associated with the idea of his gratification and approval that there seems to be a great and dreary blank where there was always joy and gladness
His death was to us sudden and at this time unexpected. We had
been fondly indulging the idea that you both might be spared to us for good long years. For my own part I had been indulging the hope that before long in some manner we might be again all united. Then hopes now all be buried in the tomb.
But my dear mother we must not mourn without hope. I feel confident there is a future where we shall all be united, lately I often ask myself, were it possible to bring father back to earth again would we do it. Has he not gone to a better world "where the weary are at rest and the wicked cease from troubling"
I feel in my heart that this is so. How many thousand memories constantly arrise of his goodness and affection. And so dear mother does there of the many sacrifices you have made for your children how constantly and unmeasuredly.
have you watched over their welfare
My dear mother I can never express to you my sense of your affection of all the kindness you have bestowed and of how good a mother you have always been to all of your children. We can never repay you, but you have our deepest love and respect. We are all anxious to receive letters giving the detail of fathers sickness and death, and every thing relating to yourself. As yet all we have had is the telegraphic despatch announcing fathers death. I remember father used to say that he enver wanted to be buried in the ground. I hope a tomb will be provided, and I trust if no wishes were expressed to the contrary that it may be in the Albany Cemetary.
I trust you have Agnes with you, if so she must be a great comfort. Give to her my kindest affection and sympathy for I know she mourns the loss of her kind Grand Father
So too to Charles and family extend my sympathies for I do not forget how deep must be the grief of Charles and of his family.
My dear mother I wish I could do something to lighten the burthen of your affliction. I know that your Christian faith is a better console than anything else besides. I am rejoiced that you have this resource
[Thomas?] and Anna Maria both desire that I should assure you of their sympathy and that they share the common grief
With kindest love to all
I remain your affectionate son