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Goodwin, Mary Francis (fl. 1855-1889) to Roberta Jeffery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.039 Author/Creator: Goodwin, Mary Francis (fl. 1855-1889) Place Written: [Wytheville, Virginia] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 September 1860 Pagination: 4 p. ; 22 x 14 cm. Order a Copy

Written by Roberta's sister. Regarding the death of Roberta's baby and the ordeal she had to undego as a result. "...[A]nother of our band of dear little ones is foreve safe from the trials, dangers & temptations of this wicked world!...[You] must only try & feel submission to the will of God who has seen fit in so short a time to take two from you to heaven..." Continues on, further putting the death of Roberta's child in religious context, and encouraging Roberta in her time of distress.

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