Smithfield Preston Foundation
Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002
March 9, 1835 -- letter from James Patton Preston at Smithfield to James McDowell in Lexington, VA
Smithfield March 9th 1835
What shall I say to you my beloved Nephew for you kind and cordial and efficient aid and sympathies in our recent calamity. I am aware that the expression of my feelings would only serve to ---- your sensibilities and my silence might be mistaken for an obtusiness that in this occasion is unknown to my heart.
We arrived at home a mournful procession, and the next day in the presence of a quite numerous and deeply afflicted circle of good neighbors gave our dear Susan to the consecrated spot which she while living asked her mother to select for her remains.
It was her only desire expressed, and I thank God that we have been able to comply with it. The composure and tranquility which distinguished her death bed scene was but the transcript of her dutiful gentle and mild temper through her short but endearing lige. May you my dear James be spared the agony which such a ---- inflicts upon a fathers crushed heart in the loss of such a child.
May God preserve you all.
James P. Preston
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