[dateline] Braintree August 10 1775
[salute] Dearest Friend
Tis with a sad Heart I take my pen to write to you because I must be the bearer of
what will greatly afflict and distress you. Yet I wish you to be prepaired for the
Event. Your Brother Elihu lies very dangerously sick with a Dysentery. He has been
very bad for more than a week, his life is despaired of. Er'e I close this Letter
I fear I shall write you that he is no more.
We are all in great distress. Your Mother is with him in great anguish. I hear this
morning that he is sensible of his Danger, and calmly resigned to the will of Heaven;
which is a great Satisfaction to his mourning Friend's. I cannot write more at present
than to assure you of the Health of your own family. Mr. Elisha Niles lies very bad
with the same disorder.—Adieu.
I have this morning occasion to sing of Mercies and judgments. May I properly notice
each—a mixture of joy and grief agitate my Bosom. The return of thee my dear partner
after a four months absence is a pleasure I cannot express, but the joy is overclouded,
and the Day is darkened by the mixture of Grief and the Sympathy I feel for the looss
of your Brother, cut of in the pride of life and the bloom of Manhood! in the midst
of his usefulness;1
tify this affliction to us, and make me properly thankful that it is not my sad lot
to mourn the loss of a Husband in the room of a Brother.
May thy life be spaired and thy Health confirmed for the benefit of thy Country and
the happiness of thy family is the constant supplication of thy Friend.2