Title: ____, Julia to Etta A. Anderson – Aug, 20, 1872 – Monticello, FL
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Title: ____, Julia to Etta A. Anderson – Aug, 20, 1872 – Monticello, FL
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Language: English
Creator: Julia
Publication Date: 1872
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Florida -- Monticello
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America
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Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Monticello August 20th [1872]

My dear friend,
The sad new of our dear Mollie's death reached us yesterday. Words cannot
express the deep sympathy we all feel for you and our poor dear brother and those
precious little ones. I cannot describe the terrible shock when we received the sad news
coming so unexpectedly without any preparation. Although dear Mollie's health was so
bad and she looked so feeble when she left us, yet we all thought the change and seeing
and being with you would do her so much good and the cheering news that she seemed to
be getting stronger encouraged us all to feel very hopeful about her. The last letter
written but one week before brother Robert said they were all well. I regretted so much
that I could not go on with brother Robert when he returned and now I regret it still more
for it would have been such a comfort to have seen her once more and then I might have
been some assistance and comfort to you and my poor brother. My dear friend, terrible
though our affliction is we are not as those that are without hope. We feel that our loss is
our dear sister's eternal gain. Let us look up to our Heavenly Father and know that "He
doeth all things well." Let us feel that though He slay us, will we trust in Him. Truly His
ways are mysterious and it is difficult for poor frail creatures as we to know that "He doth
not willingly afflict and grieve the children of men" that "Behind a frowning providence
He may hide a smiling face." I felt my friend as if I must write you a few lines although I
know in times of such deep distress as yours words of consolation and sympathy from the
dearest friends seems cold, but you know I have always loved dear Mollie as an our sister
and know so well your deep devotion and affection for her. O how deeply I feel with and
for you and those darling little children my heart almost bursts when I think of them. I
hope as soon as you can you will write us a few lines and let us know how they all are
and how the poor dear little baby is doing. I know poor brother Robert's heart is almost
broken and he feels as if he knows not what to do. My God bless and direct him aright.
Kiss all the dear little ones for me and tell them Aunt Julia thinks of them and loves them
and prays God to bless them and take care of them. I hope Genl. Anderson's health has
improved. The last we heard he was at some springs in Tennessee. We have never heard
whether he has returned or not. I must say goodbye. All join me in love to you all. Ma's
health is not at all good and she is almost sick enough to be in bed since receiving the sad
news. She says I must give her love to you and tell you to kiss the dear little ones for her.
May God bless you and give you grace to bear this sad affliction is the earnest prayer of
Your truly devoted friend,

Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.

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