Letter From Eliza King Udall to Mary King
This letter ends abruptly before the end of a page, with no signature or farewell. There appears to be a date written but it is too faint to make out. It was written in answer to a letter informing her that her mother had died (which happened 13 Jul 1862). Eliza wrote it between receiving the letter and her own death on 15 Mar 1863. Eliza probably wrote the letter piecemeal and did not finish it, and David then sent it along when he wrote on 20 Mar 1863 to her father of her death.
My dear sister, with
pleasure I take my pen in hand to write to you, and thanks to my Heavenly
Father this leaves us all well.
I hope it may find my father, brothers and sisters all well. Dear Mary I was much grieved to
hear of the sufferings of dear mother. I grieved very much to think I was
not able to assist you in waiting on her in the last days of her
life. I was glad to know my
letter reached her before her reason left her. I felt much more reconciled to
hear of her death and loss.
Dear Mary, I feel not as you do. I passed through that trouble years ago when you all enjoyed her counsel and society. She has raised us all according to her desire, and now returned to her rest, where we all must go. I feel not to mourn without hope, and rejoice to think of meeting each other again. Dear Mary, I wish you were here with me, or some of my dear brothers and sisters, but I must not indulge in that thought.
Hear said accounts of
the distress in
My dear sisters, I am
glad I am here. We are a
thousand miles from the
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