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all-wise Providence, it was best that she should go. We all have the ordeal to pass. Fortunate it would be if all could be as certain of being among the exalted angels as was our darling Mary. I will come and see you soon. A propos, I send you this little poem, “The Covered Bridge.”
Your Friend, MYRA.
THE COVERED BRIDGE.
Tell the fainting soul in the weary form,
There's a world of the purest bliss, That is linked, as the soul and form are linked, By a Covered Bridge, with this.
To a Friend, on the Death of a Wife.
BURLINGTON, LA., Nov 10, 18–. MY DEAR DELWIN:
I know that this letter will find you filled with grief at the loss of your dear wife. You have, indeed, suffered a great affliction. A more faithfui partner never lived, and few men, I venture to say, ever enjoyed more domestic tranquility than yourself.
A true wife, and a devoted mother! No higher eulogy can be pronounced upon any woman. How the little motherless children will miss her tender care! How those fragile little girls will miss her sweet presence at the evening hour, when she sat by the bedside and listened to their innocent prayers, soothing their little spirits as they dropped off to sleep! Truly the great central sun of your household has gone down, and I most truly, deeply sympathize with you in your a fiction.
Let us hope, however, in the langnage of Scripture--"I go to prepare a place for you" - that in the golden summer of another life, children, mother and father wih gather again in a sweet reunion, where part. ings are unknown.
Though the days are dark now, spring will come once more. Thus, I trust, pleasant days will come again for you and yours.
Send both of the little girls to our home for a month's visit, and come yourself as soon as you can find time to do so. My previously arranged departure, to-morrow, prevents my visiting you.
S. B. OSGOOD. To D. B. MAXWELL,
Yet to reach that realm on the other shore
We must pass through a transient gloom, And must walk, unseen, unhelped, and alone,
Through that Covered Bridge - the tomb.
But we all pass over on equal terms,
For the universal toll
Has flung around the soul.
And the river it spans is wide,
That looms on the other side,
To climb up that golden ridge,
Inside of the Covered Bridge.
To a Friend, on the Death of a Sister.
AUBURN, N. Y., July 16, 18—, DEAR FRIEND:
I have learned, with sorrow, of the death of your sister Helen. Though I never knew her personally, I knew her so well through you, that it seems as if I, myself, had lost a very near and intimate friend. I recollect her from that sweet face and gentleness of manner, as I saw her once in your company, that impressed me with the belief that she was one of the angelic ones of earth.
I know how deeply you must have grieved at her death. No one could mourn her loss so truly as yourself. Younger than you, frail and delicate, her guardianship entrusted to yourself, confiding everything to you, it was natural that to a sister's affection should be added also, almost a mother's love for your gentle sister Helen. She died, too, at a time when life was, apparently, all blossoming before her. How hard to reconcile ourselves to the loss of dear kindred, when their continued presence is so necessary to our happiness. But may we not hope that the same sweet voice, and gentle confiding heart, that was so dear to sister and kindrd here, is waiting for you in the summer land. “Not dead, but gone before."
The loss of near friends thus calls for our contemplation of another life toward which we are all tending. You and I, dear M., have talked these matters over often. I know you expect to meet her on the other side; 30 do I. Believing that your faith in that golden, sunny Future, which you and I have so often considered, will sustain you, I am,
Your ever Faithful Friend,
JAS. D. HENRY.
To a Friend, on the Death of an Infant.
PEMBERTON, Miss., Nov. 18, 18– HY DEAR FRIEND:
" I realize that this letter will find you buried in the deepest sorrow at the loss of your darling little Emma, and that words of mine will be entirely inadequate to assuage your overwhelming gricf; yet I feel that I must write a few words to assure you that I am thinking of you and praying for you.
If there can be a compensating thought, it is that your darlin: returned to the God who gave it, pure and unspotted by the world's temptations,
The white rose and bud, I send, I trust you will permit to rest upon your darling's pillow. With feelings of the deepest sympathy, I remain, dear friend,
Yours Viry Sincerely,
MARION BRADSHAW. !
To a Friend, on a Sudden Reverse of Fortune.
HANNIBAL, Mo., Aug. 18, 18—, FRIEND STEWART:
I regret to hear of your sudden and unexpected heavy loss, and hasten to offer you, not only my earnest sympathy, but aid in whatever way I can assist you.
I know your energy and hopeful spirit too well to believe that you will allow this to depress or discourage you from further effort. Perhaps there is, somewhere, a blessing in this reverse. I have had my dark days, but I learned to trust the truth of that little stanza of Cowper:
“Judge not the Lord by feeble sepse,
But trust him for His grace;
He hides a smiling face." The child learns to walk after many falls, and mary of our richert and most prosperous men have attained their eminence and wealili only by the experience resulting from failure.
I predict that you will build on your ruins a brilliart future. Hory can I serve you! Let me know; by so doing, I shall understand that you have not ceased to value my friendship.
Sincerely Your Friend,
HERBERT D. WRIGHT. To Rob'T H. STEWART,
To a Friend, on the Death of a Daughter.
HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 14, 18—. MY DEAR FRIEND:
It is with profound sorrow that I have heard of the death of dear Mary. While you have lost a dutiful and affectionate daughter, I have lost one of the dearest friends was earth. Outside of yourself, I am confident no one could more fully appreciate her loss than myself. We were so much together that I can hardly reconcile myself to the thought that I can no more meet her here. True, her death teaches us that, sooner or later, we must all make the journey across that mystic river. The angels called, and, in the ways of an
ceiving intelligence of the sudden prosperity of a near and intimate friend.
They should be written as soon as possible after the occasion that calls them forth.
These letters will admit of an abundance of good-natured merriment.
Do not indulge in over-praise, or too much flowery exaggeration, lest your friend may doubt your sincerity.
No envy or discontent should show itself in such a letter. Nor should the same be marred by advice, bad news, the expression of any doubt, or any unfavorable prediction calculated to throw a cloud over the happiness of your friend.
Troy, N. Y., Feb. 1, 1873. Moy Gear Friend Callie
Moy newspaper informs me that the people of yom County have shown ther good judgment by selecting you la repres send them as Superintendent of Public Schools. Il effores me umfeigned pleasure to hear of the choice falling upon yourself I am confident thel na person in your district could fill the place more worthily) Accept my congratulations.
S. U. Willings Ja Mbiss Callie Me. Spencer,
Cedar Grove, Ill.
Congratulating a Friend upon Receiving a Legacy.
APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 1, 184, FRIEND GEORGE:
I have learned to-day, through our friend Charlie Goodwin, of your good fortune in receiving a very material addition to your worldly possessions. Good; I congratulate you. I know of no one who more justly deserves good fortune, and of no person who will use it more worthily. You would be ever the same to me, whether good or ill success should attend your pathway. As it is, I take a friend's delight in congratulating you upon your fortune.
Congratulating a Lady upon her Approaching Marriage.
BANGOR, ME., Dec. 2, 18–. DEAR CATHERINE:
Two beautiful cards on my table advise me of yoar approaching nuptials. Allow me to congratulate yon upon the choice of such a noble man, to whom you are lo entrust your life's happiness. That the midday and evening of your married life may be as cloudless and beautiful as the morning, is the earnest wish of
Your Loving Friend,
Congratulating a Friend on Passing a Successful School
Congratulating a Gentleman upon his Marriage.
KINGSTON, CANADA, April 4, 18, DEAR WILL:
I have just received a little missive, which informs me of two happy hearts made one. I wish you much joy. You have my earnest congratulations on the event, and good wishes for a long and Berenely happy married life. May cach succeeding year find you happier than the one before.
God bless you and yours, and surround you ever with his choicest blessings.
JOIN K. BUELL.
UTICA, N. Y., April 6, 18— DEAR HELEN:
I was greatly pleascd to hear, through our friend Mary, that you had, through diligent application, passed through tbe prescribed course of study in the Aurora public schools, and had graduated with honors. Knowing how deeply interested your parents and relatives have been in your success, it is particularly gratifying to have you reward them by the achievement of such rapid progress. Accept my best wishes for your future success.
Congratulating a Friend upon the Birth of a Son.
GRACELAND, Fla., Jan. 3, 18–. DEAR CLARK:
Accept my warmest congratulations upon the birth of your son. May his years be long in the land which the Lord giveth him. May be honor his father and bis mother, and be the bluseing and support of their declining ycars. I anticipate holding the young gentleman on my knee, and will be over to see you in a few days. My kiudest regards to Mrs. Henry. I remain,
Faithfully Your Friend,
Congratulating an Author upon the Success of his Book.
Marengo, VA., May 7, 18, FRIEND KEMPLE:
I have just finished an attentive examination of your most valuable book, and cannot wonder, after a careful reading, that it is meeting so large a sale. The world is greatly indebted to you for presenting in such an attractive form the amount of useful iuformation you have collected within its pages.
Thanking you for the benefit I have obtained from its perusal, I remain,
Congratulating a Friend upon the Twenty-fifth Anniversary
of the Wedding Day.
DARTMOUTH, N. H., March 5, 18–. MY DEAR MR. BANCROFT:
I acknowledge the receipt of a kind invitation to be present at the celebration of the twenty-fifth aunivers. ary of your marriage. I have since learned that large numbers of your friends were present on the occasion, presenting you with an abundant and varicd collection of silver, and other elegant and appropriate gifts.
I congratulate you and your good wife upon passing the signal station indicating a quarter of a century of blissful wedded lise. That you may both live to allow your friends to celebrate your golden and diamond wedding, is the hope of
Your Sincere Friend,
Congratulating a Friend upon Obtaining a Business Situation.
ASHBURY, PA., June 8, 18–. FRIEND JOUN:
I am greatly pleased to learn that, notwithstanding the general dullness of business, you have succeeded in obtaining a clerkship. I doubt not your firm will regard themselves fortunate in securing your services. In the meantime, accept my congratulations upon your success. Iloping that your stay may be permanent and prosperous, I am,
CHARLES BELSIIAW. John BELDEN.
LETTERS INTRODUCING ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER.
Norway, MAINE, July 9, 18FRIEND WILLIAM:
The bearer of this, Mr. Sterling Hepworth, is a dry.goods merchant in our town, who visits your city for the purpose of making purchascs for bis fall trade. Mr. II. is a heavy dealer in his line, pays cash for all he buys, and expects the discount accompanying cash payment. Any favor you can render bim hy intro
duction to your leading wholesale honses, or otherwise, will be | appreciated by Mr. Hepworth, and acknowledged by
WALTER KIMBALL. WILLIAM DARLING,
ETTERS of Introduction should be written very plainly, and should be
brief, as the person introduced is compelled to wait while the letter is being read.
In introducing a person in a business capacity, state distinctly what is his business; if a professional man, his profession, and your knowledge or information of his ability.
The letter of introduction should be left unsealed. It would be great discourtesy to prevent the bearer from seeing what you have written.
As in letters of recommendation, the person giving a letter of introduction is, in a measure, responsible for the character and ability of the person introduced. Hence such letters should be guardedly written, or given with full knowedge of the person they introduce.
That the person receiving such a letter may know at a glance its character, the letter should, on the envelope, be addressed thus :
Introducing one Lady to Another.
Rome, GA., Aug. 10, 18–. DEAR ANNABEL:
I take this occasion to introduce to you the bearer of this letter, Mrs. Pemberton, who is on a visit to her relatives in your city. Mrs. P. is my very dear friend, of whom you have often heard me speak. Believing that your acquaintance with each other would be mutually agreeable, I have urged her to call upon you during her stay. Any attention you may bestow on her, during her visit, will be highly appreciated by
Introducing a Young Musician to a Lady Friend.
SALEM, Mass., Sep. 12, 18—, MRS. STEPHEN HAWKINS, Dear Friend:
The bearer, Miss Serena Snow, visits your city for the purpose of pursuing a musical education, being as yet undeter. mined whom she will choose as an instructor. Any advice and assist. ance you may render will be highly appreciated by her, and duly acknowledged by her parents, who have great confidence in your judgment in matters pertaining to music.
Trusting that you will find it agreeable to aid my young friend, I remain,
MARY A. BARNET.
Introducing an Officer to a Brother Officer.
HOLYOKE, Mass., Sept. 17, 18—. DEAR CAPTAIN:
My old time comrade, Capt. H. M. Benson, visits your town for the purpose of attending the Army Reunion on the 27th. As he will remain some little time, I commend him to your brotherly care. Believing that your acquaintance will be mutually agreeable, I remain,
T. M. SEYMOUR. CAPT. A. M. Bellows.
Introducing a Gentleman seeking a Clerkship.
is in the same class with myself, and is, I can assure you, a splendid fellow. Of course, you and Kate will treat him so finely as to make him, perhaps, stay longer than one day. Ile will tell you all the news.
Your ever Affectionate Son,
Introducing a Friend to a Member of Congress.
DENVER, COL., Oct. 13, 18, FRIEND PATTERSON:
This letter will introduce to you my young friend, Morgan Hatfield, who has been in my employ as a clerk for the past eighteen months, and whom I would still retain, had not the disposing of a portion of my busincs rendered his services, with those of others of my clerks, unnecessary.
Believing that your wide influence would very materially aid bim in securing a good position in the dry-goods trade in your city, I presume upon the acquaintance of an old friend in thus writing you. For reference you can use my name,
Believing that any assistance you render the young man you will not afterwards regret, I am,
HERBERT HOPKINS. A. B. PATTERSON, Esq.
DOVER, DEL., Mar. 3, 184, Hon. D. B. GRAHAM, Respected Sir:
The bearer, Mr. D. H. Harmon, is the son of Mrs. Lieut. W. 11. Harmon, of this town, whose husband was killed at the battle of luka, bravely defending the flag. This young man bas just graduated from one of our best schools, and at my suggestion visits Washington, thinking to acquaint bimself with the condition of ibings at the Capital, and, if the same could be obtained, would gladly occupy a clerkship for a time. Should it be in your power to grant bim such a favor, it will be warmly appreciated by his motbır and myself. I rimain,
V. II. MARTIN.
Introducing a Sister to a Schoolmate.
Salex, Oregon, Nov. 14, 18– DEAR FRIEND:
This will be brought you by my sister Callie, of whom you have heard me talk so much. No words of mine are neces. sary in introducing you. I have told you both so much of each other that you are already acquainted. I bid you love each other as well as I love you both.
JENNIE. Miss Lizzie BRAYTON.
Introducing a Literary Lady to a Publisher.
Introducing a Clerk to an Old Fellow Clerk.
SILVER CITY, New Mexico, Dec. 18, 18— DEAR IIAL:
My friend and fellow clerk, Wm. Bell, will spend a week in your city, and wants to look at the desk where yon and I stood, side by side, so long. You will and him a genial, friendly fellow, and will most assuredly not regret my scnding him to you.
Ever Your Friend,
CON. BALDWIN. HALBERT STEBBINS.
Baton Rouge, LA., March 4, 18—. MR. WARREN H. WEBSTER, Dear Sir:
The bearer, Mrs. Lydia Huntington, visits New York for the purpose of conferring with some publisher relative to introducing her first book to the public. She is a lady of well known reputation and acknowledged talent throughout the South, and will, I feel sure, assume prominent rank ere long in the literary world. I take the liberty of an old friend to ask of you a consideration of her claims.
Yours Very Respectfully,
B. I CAMPBELL.
Introducing a Daughter about to make a Visit.