Agricultural College, Miss., March 21, 1893
My Dear Mrs. Anderson,
I was so glad to get your letter; although we have never met, yet I feel as if I know
you, for your husband was my friend and comrade, on many memorable occasions. I
admired him, as a refined, gallant, Southern gentleman, one of the truest, it was my
privilege ever to be associated with. A more brave and cool soldier, never went on the
battlefield. As I get older myself, and think how many "have crossed over the river," a
feeling of loneliness comes over me, & I wonder how long I am yet to remain. It seems
as if nearly all my friends have gone. I deeply sympathize with you in the many trials
and privations you have had since the death of your husband, but Madam, we have all
had our trials, although I have not to [the] extent you have indicated you have had. You
are fortunate in your loving children. Patton Anderson's children, could not be otherwise
than you describe them. Let me hope, my dear friend, that now that your sons are in
good business, that your latter days may be free from care & trouble. I hope from the
bottom of my heart that your health may soon be fully restored.
I have a wife & one child a son now 26 years of age a lawyer in Atlanta. Mrs.
Lee has been a great sufferer almost since the birth of our only son. She has an immense
Fibroid tumor which cannot be removed. Although her trouble cannot be removed, still
we hope now, the worst is over, and her general health will be good. My son is a
splendid, well-trained, Christian young man, with the best education, that he could get.
Really now our lives are in our children. Mine is in my wife mainly, who is so patient, so
wise, so non complaining. She like yourself will see her boy is truly something.
Just now I have no Photo, but will have some soon & will take pleasure in
sending you one. If you have one of your husband to spare, please send it to me.
I have been at the head of this college since 1880 & suppose I can remain as long
as I desire. It is a success.
Again assuring you of my affectionate regard, and wishing you, your children &
grandchildren all possible comfort and happiness.
I am madam Your friend,
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.