Somerville, April 21. My dear Friend,
I thank you truly for your letter and for this clear, pictured face. I am very glad to have it. Could we but look upon the precious original how irradiated should we behold it with heavenly light and beauty. The marks of care and weariness and sorrow forever obliterated only rest and peace, and joy in the things unutterable in the presence of God. our precious one, our blessed one-- entered in! And the Master's hand is held out for us, pointing out the way, holding us up in our weakness and stumbling, and promising the same blessed welcome only a few days distant. God comfort you and strengthen you and help you bear your sorrows and burdens in that hope. For your children's sake, for Louisa's sake, for Christ's sake you will keep up heart and courage for life as well. You have done a good work, you have led many souls to Christ. He has more yet for you to do and He will uphold you.
I am very thankful in learning that dear Helen is a follower of Christ. Harvey is too, is he not? I shall think of you all with tender feelings at that communion service. May it be a blessed one to you all!
You are at perfect liberty to use any sentences of mine you desire. They seem very feeble in describing our precious Louisa. There is one year of her beautiful life of which I perhaps know more than you, her senior year at Mount Holyoke. We were early introduced by your sister Lucretia and then began a friendship which has been one of the great blessings of my life.
Having been some years absent fr. the seminary, Louisa entered the
senior class a stranger. The class numbered nearly sixty and there were
many women of fine abilities and lovely character in it. In a very brief
time Louisa took [crossed out "a prominent if not"] unconsciously to herself
the first place among us. She made no effort for it. She had no petty,
personal ambition. She was, as always, simply being and doing her best,
for Christ. The class showed its appreciation of her by desiring to make
her Class President. She declined the honor believing it should be given
to one who had been a member of the class from its first year. So highly
was she valued and loved it was a disappointment to the Faculty that her
services as teacher could not be secured for the Seminary after graduating.
I am sorry we cannot send you photographs. We will hope to do so some time. we shall anticipate seeing you with your daughters, and will write about it later if all is as we hope. I am sorry to send so defective a note but am not able to rewrite.
We shall have much to say when we meet. My husband unites with me in cordial wishes for you all.