Title: ____, Julia to Etta A. Anderson – Oct. 20, 1872 – Monticello, FL
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Title: ____, Julia to Etta A. Anderson – Oct. 20, 1872 – Monticello, FL
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Publication Date: 1872
Subject: Civil War
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Monticello Oct. 20th 1872

My dear dear friend,
I have thought of you so so often and have wanted so much to send you a little
messenger to assure you of my deep deep sympathy for you in your sore bereavement but
I felt as if I could not express to you in words how deeply and truly I have felt for you my
dearest friend if I could only be near you to offer what little comfort I could. I know it
eases and soothes the bursting heart to pour our griefs into the ear of a friend, who having
rejoiced when we rejoiced will weep when we weep. But O there is but one to whom we
can go for comfort in times of trouble and to Him I know you have gone and received
strength which alone can sustain you. Truly your afflictions have come thick and fast.
Your pour heart was still bursting with grief for the loss of our dear Mollie when this
greatest affliction that can come upon us on earth-the loss of a beloved and loving
husband-comes upon you, your cup of sorrow is indeed full. But O when you
remember it is a loving Father's hand that gives it you to drink with what meek
submission can you receive it. Brother Robert received your letter a few days ago, the
first we have heard from you since the sad tidings reached us. O how rejoiced I was to
hear that he died so calmly trusting himself so confidently to his God. O this comforting
assurance that "he is not dead but gone before" I have often thought my dear friend that
had we not the precious hope of a happy eternity for our dear friends that are taken from
us, that we could not take their loss. It would kill us.
I know it will be a comfort to you to know and I must tell you how earnestly and
affectionately you and your dear little ones are remembered in all of our prayers in
private, in public, and in our dear little prayer meetings. In one of dear Miss Jessie's
prayers, she prayed that your afflictions may but draw you nearer to your Heavenly
Father and that the language of your heart may be "nearer my God to thee, nearer to
thee." There are so many comforting and precious promises in the word of God my dear
friend that I know you have turned to in your afflictions and which I know has consoled
and sustained you. How very precious to the afflicted soul are those words "Whom the
Lord loveth, he chastiseth." What a proof of His love have you. Few are called upon to
drink so deeply of the waters of affliction as you have been within the last two months.
Look up then and feel that all things will work together for your good. Dear Mollie's
little ones are all well, excepting little Minnie. She has had a little fever for several
nights. I am giving her quinine today and am in hopes she will miss it tonight. Little
Julia is as sweet and interesting as ever and talks a great deal about her "old aunty" in
"Mempit". She insists on calling me old aunty two and says she has got one in "Mempit"
and one here. She talks about her mama so often and always says her "mama is in
Heaven but she can see her on earth." I encourage her to talk about her for I think she is
old enough to remember her, and by talking to her about and reminding her of her, she
will remember her more distinctly in after years. I was so sorry to hear the dear little
baby was not well, O my dear friend, I thought of you so often after bro Robert came
home and told us in what dreadful health Genl. Anderson was. What a tax it would be on
your strength having to nurse him constantly and then in addition to that the care of the
baby. I feared it would be too much for you. How I longed to be near you that I might
assist you. When I wrote you after dear Mollie's death I would have asked you to send
me the dear little baby as soon as it was old enough to travel with, but I knew your

feelings and disposition so well that I knew you would not be willing to part with it and
would insist on keeping it if you possibly could. I was sorry though after hearing as I
said before how much you had to engage you that I had not. Little Julia has just come to
me and says I must tell you she sends you a sweet little "tiss" and says you must "tome to
te her" and tousin Te [Theophilus?] and Willie & Pat and little Lillie & Maddie they must
come too and you must tiss her little tister and bring her two.

Nov. 6th
It has been more than two weeks since I commenced this letter. No doubt you
think very strangely of me for not having written. I do not think I have had a single hour
that I could spare to finish this since I left off. The children have all been sick Adair has
been very ill with inflammation of the bowels, brother Robert was very anxious about her
for several days but she [is] better and I think will be up in a few days. I do not think I
ever saw so much sickness or heard of as many deaths. I have attended two funerals
within the last week. Ella Bird and Willie Jenkins, both of the same disease, a disease of
the kidneys a comparatively new disease here I think and the doctors do not seem to
understand it very well yet. Their deaths were indeed sad, both so young, yet they too
died 'trusting in their Saviour." They had both united with the Church a few months
before their death. Willie leaves a young wife almost broken hearted. They seemed
perfectly devoted to each other. Truly these are days of sorrow and afflictions. O may
God sanctify them all to us.
Yesterday was our election. It passed off very quietly, to our great relief. We had
all been dreading it for so long having passed through what we did at the last. I thought
so often of dear Mollie during the day. I have so often heard her speak about how she
dreaded the next election. I though O how much happier and more blessed she is than we
poor mortals here. My dear friend I must close for this time. I have three little prisoners
today. Maggie, Minnie, and little Julia all have very severe colds and I am trying to keep
them in the room. I am so afraid of croup. Give my love to your mother & sister Mollie
and tell your sister Mollie I so often think of her & would like so so much to see her once
more. Kiss the dear children all for me. O how much I want to see them all.
Do excuse this letter I know there are many imperfections but I have written it
hurriedly. Goodbye my dearest friend. May God ever bless & comfort you is the daily
prayer of
Your true friend,

All the family sends much love and sympathy. Maggie & Charlie say I must send you
and Maggie & Tillie a kiss for them.

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

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