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TO ANN BOSWELL GRATZ
Aug. 23rd 
Thanks, what grateful thanks My dear Sister, do I owe you, for your most kind letters, over which I have wept again, and again- and prayed for my beloved Brother- whose grief I share, but cannot measure even by that which fills my heart- all human sympathy are but drops of comfort, in his great sorrow, but God in his mercy will open a fountain of consolation to his mourning spirit- the beloved son, whom "He gave; and hath taken away" will rise in an angels form, to whisper peace- memorials of all his virtues & loveliness- his pure and innocent life, and brave qualities, the noble heart as tender, and full of filial love- all perfected and immortal- will in future be to him- his very son- his beloved Gary.
You Dear Ann, and the treasures that are surrounding him, will win him from the indulgence of feelings which have so overwhelm'd him- and I trust restore his peace- experience has taught me, that it is thus God deals with us, we live on, cherishing those that are taken from us, as tho they were only removed from sight- with the hope of reunion in another world
I hope My Sister, you can excuse my impatient pleadings- I had sent my letters before yours arrived- forgetting that though further away, we got information nearly as soon as you did.
Your second letter, which I have also received, gives me great comfort, as it tells me Ben is more composed- I trust the efforts of his friends will be successful in obtaining the dear remains- Frank Blair is now on the spot to aid them- I pray most fervently that Kentucky will not be involved in this dreadful strife- we live here in constant agitation- every days account of wrongs & outrages perpetrated by kindred on each other- of familiar friends becoming bitter foes, is too appalling to be realized, in our late happy country - even members of the same family warring with each other. Lizzie Lee & her son are at Bethlehem- all the females of the family excepting your Aunt Blair, are driven from their home- she will not leave her husband- tho' both are surrounded by troops and are uncertain of an hours safety-
Give dear love for me to My Brother, and all the children. I am glad Bernard is with you- his presence must be a comfort to his father- remember me most kindly to Judge Brown- and believe me always My dear Ann your grateful and affectionate
- Letters of Rebecca Gratz, edited by RABBI DAVID PHILIPSON, D. D., Philadelphia, 1929, digitized by Universal Digital Library