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Catalog Number KSa020039
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1862/10/24
Scope & Content Factoryville, Oct 24th 1862
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Denison
I have a desire to say something to you concerning the death of your dear baby, not to console, for my own sad experience tells me how vain would be the effort, and that time alone can reconcile us to such severe affliction.
Although I shall never see little Nina again in this life - painful thought to me - still I shall be spared the pain of seeing her dead, and therefore shall enjoy with more calmness the recollection of her sweet face as memory brings her before me.
I shall never forget the scene that myself that many of us witnessed in dear Tutie's bedroom a day or two before she died. While sitting upon the couch with my eyes downcast myself looking upon her with aching heart, little Nina appeared in her mother's arms. Tuty raised her head, and having to take her, and once more, the last time on earth, they kissed with expressions of sweet content, their faces beaming with Heavenly light, while each the other blessed. It is no effort for me to believe that they have met in heaven with the sweet embrace of angels. Tuty loved her dearly, very dearly I know. She herself was never to be a mother, and it was the goodness of God that made her love for your dear babe so unselfish and pure. The name of little Nina will be ever sacred to me so long as I shall _______________-in remembrance of my dear Tudy.
Credit line Bequest of Ward Melville, 1977.