June 16, 1870
My poor dear Andrea
I cannot tell you how much I feel for you in your present sorrow. I have been a widow myself and know its desolation, but I also know that God is as good as his promise & is indeed the Husband of the widow. He helped and delivered me, provided for my fatherless boy & has never left me & He will be with you if you only look to Him. He knows how to comfort better than any earthly friend. He is the Brother born for adversity & the present help in every time of trouble. Do look to Him - put your trust fully in Him & you will find Him as good to you as he has been to me.
Now I want to hear something more about dear Alex which only you can tell me. Will you kindly write as soon as you can & satisfy my earnest longing - They say he did not expect death & did not like to hear about it - That is natural to some minds but dear Andrea, was he prepared to die - I mean did he ever speak to you about his soul & eternity & tell you how he felt in the prospect of death? I know he was a kind husband & a good man in many ways. That he was moral in his conduct & so on but did he express a hope that it was all right with him for another world[?] What book was he reading just before his death? Was his mind at all resting on things of God? Oh if you could tell me something about these things I should be so glad. I have heard nothing that can give me any comfort & I shall look eagerly for a letter from you hoping that you, his wife, who knew so much more of his heart than any one else, will be able to tell me something that will rejoice & comfort me.
My husband unites in love & sympathy.
Believe me, dear Andrea
Your affectionate & sorrowing sister
P S I wish you were nearer to us - we would come to you & try to comfort you.