United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Dallas, Fannie V.--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women
Sandusky. June 29. 1864. Dear Augusta, What can I say to you under this terrible bereavement? I feel as if I could only weep, & not even attempt the unwelcome part of consoler. Such grief, so recent & so unexpected can meet with comfort & consolation from only one source. I felt though, as if I must write a few words - to tell you how much you are in my thoughts - & how sincerely as far as it is possible, do I sympathize with you in your loss. Your letter from the hospital, was the first information I had received of your husband's misfortune. I was shocked, but the cheerful *tenor* of your letter, of course led me to hope. That I should soon hear of his convalescence. You will know then how doubly terrible came the announcement of his death. What a comfort it must have been to you, to be able to be with him. Was he conscious of his situation - & able to talk with you concerning it? Do not distress yourself with the attempt to write one about all this now. But when you feel as if you could, you may be sure I would love to hear from you. When the thought crosses my mind of the loneliness & bereavement it would be to lose my dear husband - I feel as if I could enter into your feelings; & fully sympathize with them - But I know that is impossible - no friend however near can share the bitter cup with us at such times. Christ's withdrawal from his disciples, his chosen companions, in his hour of mortal agony, and seeking only from the father comfort & consolation, must be the experience of all who pass through the sad trial of losing those so near & dear to us - and like him - though the cup may not pass from you - yet I do hope and pray that before long you may be enabled to add - "Not my will, but thine be done". Kiss your dear children for me & mine - & be assured, if that is any consolation in your grief - of the deep sympathy of all your friends here - Yours affectionately, Fannie.
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters, Wellesley College Library, Special Collections