Mobile 15th June 1873
My dear madam,
It was a sad pleasure to receive your kind letter from Monticello and nothing has
restrained me from sooner offering my condolence at your sad bereavement but a fear of
opening afresh the wounds which no human skill can ever heal, and none should
approach without special claims to consideration.
In Patton Anderson's death his oppressed and dearly beloved country lost the pure
patriot of unblemished fame; I lost the truest and best of friends Sans peur et sans
reproche. You, the noblest of men, who as Husband & father made up the complete
character of nature's nobleman. The very manner of his death was in keeping with his
whole life perfect severity based on conscious rectitude. God will be merciful to one so
faultless, and I pray may give you grace to bear the chastening he has administered.
Your fierce boys need no richer inheritance than to bear their father's name.
It will ever afford me greatest pleasure, my dear madam, to aid in any way the
aspiring young men of our poor country and especially when commended by those I
esteem so highly Your young friend will not be forgotten when a chance is offered. At
present I am out of all employment myself having just closed up the business which has
engaged me here.
Mrs. Bragg begs to join me in the kindest remembrances of and in love to the
children. May Heaven bless and preserve you and them and smooth the ragged path of
Sincerely your friend,
Mrs. Patton Anderson
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.