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[written up left side in pencil: L. C. Moulton]
[Red Washington Postage Stamp, on its side: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2 TWO CENTS 2] [Round postmark: BOSTON MAY 23 12-PM 19 06 MASS. ] [Flag Postal Cancellation Stamp: STATION - A - 2]
Miss Anne Whitney -
The Charlesgate -
Back Bay -
28, Rutland Square -
Boston, May 23 - [written in pencil at right: ]
My dear, dear Friend -
I have this moment seen in to-night's transcript the death of Miss Manning. To think that only yesterday I was writing to congratulate you on her being (as you thought when you wrote) on the way to recovery. This end has come so suddenly . Oh I have no words to express to you the depth
of my sympathy. No one on earth knows what the loneliness of life means better than I do - and I never saw you and Miss Manning together that I did not long for such a companionship in my own life. There could be no tie more perfect. And now - oh the lonely days to come. God grant you some consolation - but [double underline]I know that nothing can console one for the loss of a life - friend such as she was.
Only that every moment is full of things that must be done before my sailing, and which I am too ill to struggle with, would keep me from coming to you to-morrow - but my deepest and most loving sympathy will be yours. Oh I can't begin to tell you how I feel. It seems awful, somehow, that I should have been sending her a message yesterday - when perhaps she had already gone . Yes - she had -
for I see she died on the 21rst - and that was the day before yesterday. Oh I can say nothing save that my heart is full of your sorrow, and I am
Yours most faithfully -
Louise Chandler Moulton.
Do forgive my letter written yesterday in utter ignorance.
Moulton, Louise Chandler and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Louise Chandler Moulton, Boston, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1906 May 23" (1906). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 858.