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Hemans, Nancy A. (b. 1843) to Alexander Shiras and Frances B. Shiras

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02429.38 Author/Creator: Hemans, Nancy A. (b. 1843) Place Written: Nebraska Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 April 1875 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20.5 x 12.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the loss of Mary, her child, and takes solace in the idea that Mary will be with relatives in heaven. Mentions prayers and affirms her fidelity to God's will.

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"let me tell you again that my dearest baby was received by death…I do not want to tell you but I ought to tell you because you always ...feel for me whenever I had sorrow. oh! I shall miss my baby very much. it seemed so that I would not live any longer. just think. I lost two babys now. but when I think of the place where these are going seemed little comforted. My baby was meat by his sister now in heaven & those lost a long ago my father & mother. they all meat my baby with joy & wish I was there too. I am thinking a hymn it says
Let me go where saints are going
To the manssion of the blest
Let me go where my redeemer
Has prepared his people rest
today I would say. let me go. but I will wait patiently when God told me to go. then I remember this prayer But not my will. but thine be done what a precious prayer is this. Our Saviour said this prayer. there is another prayer. (Thy will be done.)
Baby died yesterday…funeral will be this afternoon" [signed] Your poor Nancy
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People: Shiras, Frances B., b. 1814
Hemans, Nancy A., b. 1843
Shiras, Alexander, 1813-1894

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: ReligionAmerican WestWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyAmerican Indian HistoryDeathChristianity

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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