Gettysburg orator, Edward Everett, on his daughter's death; a signed memoir


Date Written

Nov. 4, 1843

Edward Everett was 49 years old when this was written.
Edward Everett died 21 years, 2 months, 11 days after writing it.
It was written 179 years, 11 months, 1 day ago.
It was a Saturday.

46 Grosvenor Place
4 November 1843

My dear Sir,

I pray you to believe that Mrs. Everett & myself are truly grateful for the assurance of sympathy contained in your kind note of the 25th Oct. as well as for the obliging inquiry of Mrs. Gordon and yourself. Our loss is indeed heavy, such as cannot in the course of nature, humanly speaking, be replaced to us. Our beloved child was a person of the most engaging qualities of character;–governed in all things by the strictest sense of duty;--and alive to the importance of Religion, beyond most persons whom I have known.–

She had been for many years my companion & friend, as well as my child–But we derive consolation, under the heavy blow, even from that which makes the loss so great; & strive to dwell upon those hopes, which we humbly trust, the character of our Daughter warrants us in cherishing. Praying our united kind regards to Mrs. G., I remain ever,

Sincerely yours,

Edward Everett

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