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Letter from William Fraser Rae to Barron about the death of his wife Sara.

Inscription

[printed] The crest of The Reform Club.

[handwritten] 4. October. 1902.

Dear Barron,

By an unfortunate mistake my daughter mislaid the short note which you wrote to me and which your daughter Lorna enclosed in a letter to her.

I thank you for your heartfelt condolence. Those only who have passed through the furnace of affliction can really enter into the feelings of others who are undergoing a like ordeal. Perhaps, if my wife's illness had lasted longer, I should have felt her loss as much as I now do, yet the real illness was very short. For 20 hours she suffered intense pain in the region of the stomach; at the end of that time she fell asleep &, in her sleep, she quietly departed this life. The beautiful lines of Hood apply literally to her case. "We thought her dying when she slept, And sleeping when she died." I had not the slightest notion that her life was so near its close. Indeed, I counted upon going first into the silent land. A year ago, when we celebrated the 41st anniversary of our wedding day, she said, in answer to my congratulation, "I do hope that we shall both die on the same day." I was profoundly touched with her words and I now vainly deplore that her wish has not been gratified.

She was delighted to have made your acquaintace & that of your family; her only regret being that she failed to get the pleasure of your son's company at 36 Holland Villas Road. Most cordially & fraternally
W. Fraser Rae.

Notes

Alan Cole
William Fraser Rae (1835–1905) was a Scottish journalist and author.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Fraser_Rae

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w: 226, h: 180, d: -