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[in pencil: disaster - Fall River boats "bring Addy home" - June [year?] Frank (fr. Calif.?) not '68]
Yes, my dearest I accept all y'r theories respecting anxiety & worry - & adopt y'r practice! Had I the silver tongue or the golden pen I might talk as well as many another of the folly of all fear. Till such gifts are bestowed upon me I will try to find entertainment, when edification fails, by observing in my fellows the discrepancyes between saying & doing!
To day alas! not apprehension so much as actual calamity weighs upon my soul. The awful disaster of Fri. night, through the imperfect working of the wires yesterday, & the absence of any paper to day is wrapped in gloomy mystery. Mr. Knapp told Edw'd this morn'g that eighty persons are known to be missing -- whether they
or any of their friends who are crushed by this sorrow are bound to us by any tie than that of a common humanity I cannot say. An accident to one Fall River boat just before you went & another the night after had made me glad that you were purposing to come home by a day route. You can understand how thankful I was to receive yr note on Sat. I write now to assure you of one continued well-being & to say what has not forgotten in my last, but omitted by reason of hasty writing that we earnestly hope James will return with you. Strawberries have come. "If I were you I wldn't eat them at night" - but I being I, ^ I think I shall ^ "gape & swallow" as long as I can get them. Our season of indulgence at the best is so short, it wld seem a slighting of the gifts of Providence to neglect my opportunity to refresh the [miner]
woman by such agreeable means. A very few give a delicious relish to my evn'g bread & butter & I think I always discover a marked improvement in my health when I eat them. A slight shower yesterday & a few clouds today have revived our hopes that the crop is not to be wholly destroyed in less that a weeks gathering time as has been predicted. There is but one drawback to my ^ pleasure in a prolonged season & that is my own inability to pick them & Edwd's determined purpose to exhaust himself in the work.
Doing my best, you see, I can't rival you in the economical use of ink & paper, but after sending dearest love to all I will spare yr eyes & patience farther taxing while I remain as ever
Yr most loving S. Sun.[illegible] Sky Parlor
Kate Garland who arrived at her mother's on Thurs. reports Mrs Rowde able to walk alone across her room & back! Carrie found Mrs. Chenery on Mon in her old state of misery. I wish you might bring Addy home with you. Cannot she be led to see that it may be better for her aunt & for all that she sh'd rest a while now? Edw'd having learned that Frank sailed a week later than he had before supposed has given up the expectation of seeing him before July.
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, to Anne Whitney, between 1860 and 1870" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 368.